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MOSCOW, January 10 (Itar-Tass) —— Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Tuesday visited the Sklifosovsky Emergency Medicine Institute to see eight people injured in a gas blast at a restaurant in Moscow’s south-western suburb.
“In all, 41 people were injured. Twenty eight are in hospitals, the rest were offered medical help on the scene. Three persons are in critical condition, thirteen are in grave condition, the rest are either in condition of moderate gravity or in satisfactory condition,” head of Moscow’s health department Leonid Pechatnikov told the mayor.
There are two children among those injured in the blast. “One child has been released from hospital. The other one is still in hospital, in satisfactory condition,” he said.
According to Pechatnikov, the condition of fifteen persons, who received severe burns, are considered as serious. Eight of them were hospitalized to the Sklifosovsky Institute’s burns department, seven – to the burns department of hospital number 36, the rest – to other clinics, he said. In his words, one person has burns of 100 percent of the body. About half of the hospitalized are restaurant workers.
The explosion and following fire at an Italian restaurant located at 38, Novocheryomushkinskaya Street, Moscow was reported in the afternoon on Monday. Two women, restaurant workers, died. The blast is said to be caused by the improper use of gas equipment.
Moscow’s Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has ordered to probe into the incident. A criminal case has been opened. A criminal case was opened under Article 109 of the Russian Criminal Code for infliction of death by negligence and Article 238 for provision of services that fail to meet safety requirements. Investigation is underway.