Explosion hits Russian apartment building; 1 dead, 8 injured

December 20, 2015 6:49 PM

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MOSCOW (AP) — A suspected natural gas explosion hit an apartment building in a southern Russian city on Sunday, killing one person and injuring eight others. Rescuers were combing through the wreckage to determine if anyone was trapped.

The blast in Volgograd, 900 kilometers (550 miles) southeast of Moscow, occurred about midday in an apartment on the seventh floor of the nine-story structure. Much of the building's exterior wall on one side was blown off and fire spread to other floors.

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