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Fragments of body of another household gas blast victim found in Bronnitsy

October 19, 2011, 10:18 UTC+3
A household gas exploded on the fourth floor at 15:45 p.m. Moscow time on Monday
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MOSCOW, October 19 (Itar-Tass) — Rescuers have recovered fragments of the dead body of a man killed in a blast in a residential house in the town of Bronnitsy outside Moscow, a spokesman for the Moscow region emergencies administration told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

“Thus, the death toll from the blast has reached three persons. Their identity has not yet been established. So far, there is no information about one more residents of the house,” the spokesman said.

A household gas exploded on the fourth floor at 15:45 p.m. Moscow time on Monday in the first entrance of a five-storey residential house at 42, Moskvoretskaya Street in Bronnitsy. The blast was followed by fire and destroyed the floor framing at an entrance between the third and fourth floors and the house walls between the fourth and fifth floors. The fire was put down only on Tuesday morning.

According to rescuers, three persons were hurt, one of them was hospitalised.

Some 169 people lived in the apartment block. People were accommodated at their relatives and acquaintances or at accommodation facilities.

Search and rescue operations in a residential house damaged by a household gas blast in the town of Bronnitsy outside Moscow will be over within the day, a spokesman for the Moscow region emergencies administration told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

“The rescue and clear-up operations go on in the round-the-clock regime in two shifts of 30 men. The operations are planned to be over by 20:00 Moscow time on Wednesday,” the spokesman said.

According to the spokesman, so far there is no information about one resident of the house. “Rescuers have recovered fragments of dead bodied of three persons, presumable a man and a woman. The sex of the third blast victim is not yet been established,” the spokesman said.

About 200 men and 60 units of hardware are involved in the rescue and clear up operation.

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