Five Badly Injured In Gas Explosion In Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine -- A gas explosion in the Ukrainian capital Kiev caused major damage to an apartment building, leaving five people seriously injured and dozens homeless, an official said Monday.

The five victims suffered burns and injuries from debris, a city official told the Interfax news agency.

The explosion overnight of a gas pipe and the resulting fire destroyed the four-story building's facade and made many of the apartments uninhabitable, the official said.

Seventy people were left homeless and are being put up temporarily in an adjacent factory, the Unian news agency reported.

Initial investigations suggest the explosion was caused by an oven valve incorrectly installed by one of the apartment building's residents, the city official said.

This person suffered among the worst injuries, with burns over 10 per cent of his body.

Source: DPA