'Four dead including woman and child' after gas explosion in apartment

According to local reports, four bodies were found when emergency services rushed to a residential building after an alleged gas explosion.

A woman’s body was removed from the rubble by rescue workers after the blast on Friday night in Yaroslavl, Russia.

Reports also indicate that a child’s body was discovered after the building collapsed, which authorities say may be linked to a gas leak.

According to RIA Novosti, the death toll is currently at four, although more may be stuck.

The outlet reports: “On 03.03, the bodies of a child and a woman, a child born in 2012, were found,” said the agency’s interlocutor.

Previous reports suggested the Emergency Situations Department said they were looking for a mother and child in the house.

The explosion took place in an apartment of the ten-story building No. 5 on Batov Street.

Sputnik News the regional government office said 33 people, including eight children, were evacuated from the building.

Earlier, the press office of the regional government said: “The house was built in 1992. It has 120 apartments with 342 people, including 64 children. The fire has been extinguished. Three people are in a condition of moderate severity,” reports Tass.

The impact of the explosion caused floors to collapse, from the third to the fifth floors, according to local reports.

The situation is being investigated.

A Twitter user previously reported, “There was a gas explosion in a residential building in Yaroslavl. 1 dead and 3 injured are to be mourned and people could become trapped under the rubble.”

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