MOSCOW: A suspected gas explosion early Saturday in a five-storey residential building killed nine people in Russia's southeastern Sakhalin island, the local governor said.
The blast occurred in a brick building built in the 1980s in the village of Tymovskoye, reports TASS news agency.
The emergencies ministry said preliminary information pointed to a gas leak, adding that many storeys had collapsed.
Images aired on television showed a white building with brown balconies that was partly demolished.
The emergencies ministry said 60 rescuers had been deployed.