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Russian high-rise blast kills 1, hurts 11

Nov. 30, 2012 at 8:00 AM   |   Comments

TOMSK, Russia, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A gas-system explosion on the eighth floor of a building in Russia Friday killed one person, injured 11 and caused heavy damage, an official said.

Nikolai Nikolauchuk, mayor of the West Siberian city of Tomsk said the blast and a subsequent fire destroyed a wall, two balconies and caused damage in two apartments, RIA Novosti reported.

Investigators said the explosion was caused by a malfunction in a gas-supply system.

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