Around 95 kilometers from Moscow, four people were injured in the collapse of the apartment building. One person died.
The incident occurred in the city of Orechowo-Sujewo, which is around 95 kilometers east of Moscow. At least four other people were injured in the explosion, it said.
The emergency services rescued several residents who were buried under the rubble. Around 200 people were brought to safety unharmed. Photos showed that several floors of the building had been destroyed. The surrounding houses were not affected. The exact cause of the explosion was initially unclear.
Gas explosions are not uncommon
Such emergencies occur more frequently in Russia, since the infrastructures are still from the Soviet era and security controls are often not observed. Just last week, several people died in an explosion in a house in Magnitogorsk in the Urals. At that time, gas is said to have escaped during renovation work.
On New Year’s Eve 2019, a house in Magnitogorsk already collapsed due to a gas explosion. At that time, 25 apartments were completely destroyed, ten more were damaged. 37 people died.
Because strict exit restrictions apply due to the corona pandemic in Russia, there were fears that the explosion could have killed many people. The inhabitants of the metropolis and the surrounding area are called upon to leave their apartments and houses only in exceptional cases.