BREAKING UPDATE: Multiple people dead after gas pipeline explodes in Russia’s Chuvashia

BREAKING UPDATE: Multiple dead after gas pipeline EXPLODES in Russia's Chuvashia. Image: Visegard24/Twitter

AS a result of a gas pipeline explosion in the Vurnar district of Chuvashia of Russia on Tuesday, December 20, multiple people have been killed, according to reports from Russia.

UPDATE 14.25 pm (December 20) – Russian state-controlled news outlet RIA reported that three people had died and one person had been injured as a result of an explosion on a gas pipeline in the Vurnarsky district of Chuvashia.

Olga Smirnova, head of the Kalininsky rural settlement, told RIA Novosti: “Three dead, one survived. Repair work was going on there.”

After videos of the blast began circulating and initial reports suggest that there had been no injuries, Smirnova added: “It was worse than in the video.

“In the village of Yambakhtino, it was impossible to go up to the windows – everything was hot. The explosion was very loud. The employees were frightened – we have a school and a kindergarten nearby, and they ran there – in case they had to be evacuated. Thank God, they managed it.”

ORIGINAL 12.40 pm (December 20) – A huge explosion has caused a massive fire in Russia’s Vurnar district of Chuvashia, as reported on Tuesday, December 20.

Multiple videos began circulating online showing the result of the gas pipeline explosion in the Vurnar district of Chuvashia of Russia.

The gas pipeline is reportedly the Urengoy – Pomary – Uzhgorod which is main pipeline that supplies Ukraine.

Prominent Twitter account @Flash_news_ua shared a video of the resulting fire alongside the caption: “A gas pipeline is on fire in the Vurnar district of Chuvashia of the Russian Federation, – Russia media.

“In the footage from social networks, a huge pillar of flame rises upwards. The reasons are still unknown.”

More videos began making rounds on Twitter.

“A gas pipeline has just exploded in Chuvashia, Russia,” Visegrad24 wrote.

According to Russian media outlet TASS, no one was injured in the blast.

The information reported to the Russian state-controlled news outlet was from the press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, which added that four fire crews were now at the scene.

“Before the fire, work was carried out by the operating organisation … The circumstances are being clarified, there are no preliminary victims or victims. The head of Chuvashia has been informed and is keeping the situation under control,” the report read.

More to follow…

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