ST. PETERSBURG, December 27, 20:27 /ITAR-TASS/. No one was hurt in an explosion in a residential house in Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg, a spokesman for the local emergencies services told Itar-Tass on Friday after rescuers had finished the inspection of apartments damaged by the blast.
The explosion took place at about 17:25 Moscow time in a nine-storey residential building at the address ј Olga Forsh Street. The blast damaged outer walls from the seventh to the ninth floors and caused fire in an apartment on the ninth floor. The fire was extinguished at 17:58 Moscow time. More than 40 residents were evacuated. They have been provided temporary accommodations at nearby schools.
Rescuers do not rule out that it was a household gas explosion.