Russia apartment block explosion: Four people died and 68 remain unaccounted.

Russia’s Investigative Committee launched a criminal case into the incident in Magnitogorsk, about 1,700 kilometers (1,056 miles) east of Moscow. The inquiry will consider all possible versions of what happened, according to a statement. “Currently, the priority version is explosion of utility gas,” it said.

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The blast at about 6 a.m. local time destroyed one of the entrances to the nine-story house, damaging 48 apartments, in the second-biggest city of the Chelyabinsk region near the Ural mountains, according to the statement from the Emergency Ministry’s regional department. Search and rescue operations are being carried out.

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There were 111 people registered as residents and nine more people rented apartments there, Interfax reported, citing the Chelyabinsk region governor’s press office. As of 1 p.m. local time, 52 people were accounted for, including four who have been hospitalized and 16 evacuated, according to Interfax.

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