In Saratov, probe launched into gas explosion in block of flats

The Saratov Region Office of the Investigative Committee has opened an investigation in the provision of unsafe services under part 1 of Article 238 of the RF Penal Code after a gas explosion in a block of flats.

As became known earlier, the gas explosion happened on the afternoon of 11 January 2017, in a flat on the 3rd floor of a block of flats in Moskovskoye highway in the city of Saratov. According to preliminary information at least 7 people were injured, including 2 children aged 8 and 12, as well as the owner of the flat who suffered burns. The injured were taken to a hospital with gas inhalation.

At present, investigators of the regional investigative authority together with the most experienced forensic specialists continue examining the scene and questioning possible witnesses. A set of investigative operations are underway to find out the reasons for and circumstances surrounding the incident.

Senior officials of the Saratov Region Office of the Investigative Committee control the progress of the investigation.