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Incident occurs in residential building in northeast of St. Petersburg — authorities

The cause of the incident was not disclosed

ST. PETERSBURG, March 2. /TASS/. An incident has occurred in a residential building in the northeast of St. Petersburg, the district press service told TASS.

"The incident took place in the Krasnogvardeysky district. We know that there were no casualties," the press service said.

A TASS correspondent at the scene said that windows were shattered and balconies on two floors of the building were damaged. The cause of the incident was not disclosed.

The damaged house is a five-storey building, built in 1979. At the same time, according to the TASS correspondent, the neighboring houses were also affected: the windows were damaged.

Eyewitnesses told TASS that a loud explosion was heard at about 6:50 a.m. local time (3:50 a.m. GMT).

St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov, in turn, said that residents of the affected apartments were evacuated.

"There are no casualties. The glazing of the balconies of two houses was partially damaged. The residents of the affected apartments have been evacuated," he wrote on his Telegram channel.

Nearly 100 people are working on the site, including rescuers and medics. An operational headquarters has been set up. The area is cordoned off.