Russian Apartment Block Blast Kills 3, Dozens Missing

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Russian emergency officials say that at least four people have died after sections of the apartment building collapsed after an apparent gas explosion in the Ural Mountains region.

Four people were killed and almost 70 unaccounted for after a gas explosion tore through a residential building in Russian Federation on Monday, leaving hundreds without a home in freezing temperatures on New Year's Eve.

RIA said it ripped through the building about 6am (local time) when many residents were asleep.

At least 10 people have been rescued from the rubble, the news agency said, citing Russia's emergencies ministry.

Local officials said four survivors, including a child, were rescued from the rubble and taken to hospital.

Emergency personnel work at the site of collapsed apartment building after a suspected gas blast in Magnitogorsk, Russia December 31, 2018.

According to the regional government, Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova and Emergency Situations Minister Yevgeny Zinichev have arrived in Magnitogorsk and are now at the site.

Hundreds of others are now without a home in freezing temperatures on New Year's Eve.

The explosion shattered windows of nearby buildings, according to a local resident speaking on Echo of Moscow radio. A search and rescue effort is underway involving 469 emergency workers.

An entrance hall in the apartment building collapsed.

Gas explosions in Russian homes and businesses are common, and they are usually blamed on neglect of safety rules or poor maintenance.

People look at the scene of a collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk.