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Thursday, October 12, 2000
Russia: Gas Explosion Destroys Five Story Apartment Building, Killing Three
THE MOSCOW TIMES
MOSCOW -- An explosion blamed on a gas leak ripped apart an apartment building in Barnaul, the capital of Altai, killing three people and leaving five hospitalized, news agencies reported.
Televised news reports showed footage of a gaping hole in the top floors of the five-story building. Three apartments were completely destroyed and 13 others suffered serious damage, Interfax reported.
Several dozen residents of the building were being temporarily housed in two local hotels, Itar-Tass reported.
The regional government has pledged to pay up to 10 million rubles ($359,000) in compensation to those whose apartments were damaged or destroyed, Interfax reported
-- Carl Jenkins (Somewherepress@aol.com), October 12, 2000