Household gas explosion kills 5 in Russia

By Shi Hao

MOSCOW, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- A gas leak caused a blast in a residential building in western Russia's Tula region on Tuesday, killing at least five people and injuring three others, the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations said.

The five-storey building in the city of Efremov partially collapsed in the explosion and seven people have been rescued so far, the ministry said in a statement.

Two points of temporary accommodation have been set up, and psychologists and rescuers are still working at the scene.

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