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Seven Dead In Gas Explosion In Central Russia


At least four people have been killed by a gas explosion that ripped through a residential building in the central Russian city of Yaroslavl.

YAROSLAVL, Russia -- At least seven people, including two children, have been killed by a gas explosion that ripped through a residential building in the central Russian city of Yaroslavl early on February 16.

Eight other people were hospitalized.

Authorities in Yaroslavl announced two days of mourning.

Officials said a criminal inquiry has been opened to investigate whether safety regulations had been breached.

Gas explosions are common in Russia. In December, a gas blast ripped through an apartment block in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, killing several people.

Based on reporting by AFP and TASS
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