MOSCOW, April 20 (Itar-Tass) - A natural gas explosion and the fire it caused in an apartment building in eastern Moscow claimed three lives, the Emergency Situations Ministry told Itar-Tass.
The fire has been put out. The explosion on the sixth storey destroyed a balcony and a wall panel. It also smashed windows in some neighboring apartments and damaged cars parked around. People in the neighboring buildings heard a strong bang.
“Natural gas cylinders exploded on the sixth storey of a 16-storey building. Two apartments caught fire,” police said.
Fire-fighters rescued 22 people and evacuated 200 others. The fire affected an area of 200 square meters.