3 dead in Russian apartment explosion

MOSCOW (AP) " Russian emergency officials say three people are dead and 13 others are injured after an explosion in a high-rise apartment building believed to have been caused by gas.

The explosion damaged several of the top floors in the 11-story building in Ryazan, 180 kilometers (110 miles) southeast of Moscow.

The blast occurred about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday. The Emergencies Ministry said 57 people were evacuated from the building.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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