A scene of a gas explosion in a 9-story house in the town of Noginsk in Moscow on September 8, 2021. (Distribution via Russian Ministry of Emergency / Reuters)
Moscow — A gas explosion struck a nine-story apartment in a city near the Russian capital on Wednesday, killing two people and damaging the apartment, law enforcement officials said.
A large hole in the outer wall of a building in Noginsk, 50 kilometers (31 miles) east of Moscow, was seen in the video footage. Debris was scattered on the ground.
“Five men and women were injured and two died, according to preliminary data,” Interfax news agency said in a regional branch of the investigative commission.
According to the local Ministry of Emergency Situations, rescue workers found walls collapsed on three floors of the building.
Five of the 73 apartments in the building were damaged and 173 residents were evacuated. A Russian news agency previously reported that two children were among the injured.