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Gas pipe accident forces evacuation of almost 300 in Moscow

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A total of 270 people were evacuated from two buildings in northeastern Moscow after an accident on a low-pressure gas pipeline, a police source said.

A total of 270 people were evacuated from two buildings in northeastern Moscow after an accident on a low-pressure gas pipeline, a police source said.

A total of 200 residents of the nearby five-storey building were evacuated, as well as 70 people from an administrative building in the immediate vicinity of the pipeline.

"Gas supplies via the damaged pipeline have been suspended, there is no threat of fire," the source said.

The accident scene is cordoned off by police.

Worn-out gas infrastructure often causes breakdowns and blasts of Moscow pipes. Last year, a pipe exploded in west Moscow, sending flames 100-300 meters into the air in what Moscow authorities acknowledged as the capital's largest fire since World War II. Five people were treated for burns and some 70 cars were damaged by the blaze.

 

MOSCOW, December 10 (RIA Novosti)

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