The Kyiv City Military Administration (KMVA) reported that according to preliminary data, a gas leak caused an explosion in a 16-story residential building in the capital’s Dnipro district on Thursday, June 22. At the moment, three people have been found dead.

"From under the rubble of a house in the Dnipro district, rescuers recovered another body—a deceased woman. The search and rescue operation is still ongoing," Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko reported via Telegram.

Serhiy Popko, head of the KMVA, clarified that the incident, believed to be caused by a gas leak, took place in the Dnipro district on Malyshko Street at 3:45 on Thursday, June 22.

According to Vitaliy Klitschko, 18 residents were successfully rescued from the affected apartments. All occupants of the building have been evacuated.

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"Search and rescue operations are ongoing, and experts are investigating the causes of the explosion,” the mayor reported."

He added that the city has already identified two boarding schools in the Dnipro district for the temporary accommodation of people from the damaged building.

Furthermore, the KMVA reported that the fire, spanning an area of 150 square meters, is being extinguished on the 7th and 8th floors, with an additional area of 250 square meters affected. 

The gas explosion resulted in the destruction of four apartments and damage to six others.

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Later, the Kiev City Military Administration reported that the fire was extinguished at 08:10.

The State Service for Emergency Situations specified that the number of rescued people increased to 20, and the number of injured individuals increased to five.

 

At 9:30, the rescuers received information that residents may still remain in the building. At 10:00 a.m., they evacuated a woman who was receiving first aid.

According to the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, following the explosion in the building, Kiev police investigators have initiated criminal proceedings under Part 2, Article 270 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine - violation of the requirements of fire or man-made safety established by law, which caused the loss of life.

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An explosion in a 16-story building in Kyiv. Photo: State Emergency Service of Ukraine

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