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Search operation at house gas blast site in Siberia over

April 06, 2014, 13:24 UTC+3 MOSCOW
A criminal case was opened for causing death through negligence
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MOSCOW, April 06, 13:12 /ITAR-TASS/. No more people are trapped under debris of a residential house where a domestic gas blast went off in a settlement in Russian Siberia’s Omsk region. The search operation at the domestic gas blast site is over, an official at the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) told Itar-Tass.

“The search-and-rescue operation is over, debris removal continues. Eighty percent of rubble at the domestic gas blast site has been removed,” the EMERCOM official said. Five people died in the domestic gas blast and nine more people were taken to the Maryanovka central district hospital. EMERCOM psychologists are working with relatives and loved ones of the gas blast victims. Around 160 people are working at the gas explosion site.

The residential house ruined in the domestic gas blast was put under round-the-clock guarding and will be guarded under full debris removal and all procedural actions completed. An emergency headquarters of Omsk regional police department was deployed under command of local chief police officer Lieutenant General Yuri Tomchak at the residential house strongly damaged in the domestic gas blast. Patrol policemen, police dog handlers with sniffer dogs, criminal experts from regional police department were dispatched to the domestic gas explosion site.

According to preliminary reports, a 12-flat two-storey apartment block situated in settlement Konezavodsky in Maryanovka District in Omsk Region was partially destroyed in the domestic gas blast that went off at about 6.30am Moscow time (2.30am GMT) on Sunday on the second floor of the building. A criminal case was opened for causing death through negligence.

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