Natural gas leak causes blow of section of apartment building in Russia

Natural gas leak causes blow of section of apartment building in Russia
Natural gas leak causes blow of section of apartment building in Russia

An explosion caused by a natural gas leak thundered through a section of an apartment building in a Russian city, injuring at least two residents.

The explosion occurred late Wednesday in a four-story apartment building in the Volga River city of Samara, reducing a section of it to rubble, said Viktor Beltsov, a spokesman for Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry. Rescue workers were looking through the debris for more victims, he said.

Beltsov said the explosion appeared to have been caused by a gas leak.

Neglect of safety precautions has led to frequent gas explosions in Russian apartment buildings and public facilities.