Four bodies have been found as emergency services rushed to a residential building after an alleged gas explosion, according to local reports.
A woman’s body was recovered by rescuers from under the rubble, after the blast on Friday evening in Yaroslavl, Russia.
Reports also state a child’s body was discovered after the building collapsed, which authorities say may be linked to a gas leak.
According to RIA Novosti, the death toll is currently at four, although more may be trapped.
The outlet reports: “At 03.03, the bodies of a child and a woman, a child born in 2012, were found,” said the agency’s interlocutor.
Earlier reports suggested the Ministry of Emergency Situations said they had been looking for a mother and child in the house.
The explosion took place in an apartment of the ten-story building No. 5 on Batov Street.
Sputnik News said the regional government’s office disclosed 33 people, which includes eight children were evacuated from the building.
Earlier, the press service of the regional government said: “The house was built in 1992. It has 120 apartments with 342 people, including 64 children. The fire has been put out. Three people are in condition of moderate gravity,” reports Tass.
The impact of the blast caused floors to collapse, from the third to the fifth floor according to local reports.
The situation, which occurred in the Volga River city is being investigated.
A Twitter user earlier reported: “A gas explosion occurred in a residential building in Yaroslavl. 1 dead and 3 injured are to be deplored and people could be trapped under the rubble.”