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Russian Apartment Building Explodes; Firefighters Search for Survivors

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Burning nine-storey apartment building in central Volgograd, Russia, the city on the Volga River, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, after a gas explosion. Eight people were taken to a hospital. (AP Photo/ Dmitry Rogulin)

By    |   Monday, 21 Dec 2015 01:22 PM

A Russian apartment building exploded from an apparent natural gas leak over the weekend, leaving at least five people dead, eight injured, and about 150 people without homes.

Initial reports of one dead were updated to at least five dead, and officials expect to find more bodies in the ruins of the building, Reuters reported, citing Interfax news agency.

The nine-story building was located in Volgograd, located southeast of Moscow, The Associated Press reported. Around noon on Sunday, it exploded in an area on the seventh floor that blew off much of the outside wall, and a blazing fire soon swept through the building.

The Daily Mail reported that video from the emergency scene shows a man clinging to a window after the explosion as firefighters climbed ladders into the building. Apparently, a firefighter placed a ladder near him and then went into another apartment that was on fire. The Mail said the video shows the man trying to reach the ladder with his leg before he falls.

He reportedly suffered two broken legs, the Mail said.

Rescuers were continuing to search the building ruins for people who might be alive and trapped, the AP said. An area school is housing the displaced residents.

"Gas blasts are relatively common in Russia, where Soviet-era infrastructure is ageing and safety requirements are often ignored," Reuters wrote.

Last week, a fire at a Russian psychiatric hospital killed 23 people, and it was blamed, at least in part, on aging infrastructure, Agence France-Presse reported.

"Mass deaths of socially disadvantaged people every time happen due to the same reasons: insufficient financing, dilapidated buildings, staff shortages especially during night shifts," AFP quoted a statement from Vladimir Markin, the spokesman of the Russian Investigative Committee. "And every time the Russian Investigative Committee exposes inadmissible violations that facilitated the tragedies."

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