Smoke pours from an apartment building after a suspected gas explosion, in Khimki, outside Moscow, Russia, March 19, 2021.
Smoke pours from an apartment building after a suspected gas explosion, in Khimki, outside Moscow, Russia, March 19, 2021.

Emergency officials in the Moscow suburb of Khimki Friday say a gas leak caused an explosion and fire that killed at least three people and injured four others in a residential building.

The Moscow Region Emergency Ministry Directorate told Russian news agencies the explosion occurred early Friday on the eighth floor of a nine-story building and the resulting fire swept through five apartments. Officials say the victims include two adults and a child.  

They said four others, including one person in serious condition, have been hospitalized.

The news agencies say residents of the building were evacuated, and the gas supply was cut off in 36 apartments. Officials will continue to investigate the incident.