SOT, Valentina Yedenko, resident of nine-storey residential building damaged by gas explosion (Russian): «Yes, it was strong. But it did not go off like a bomb. It was different. It was not a bomb [explosion].» A woman was killed in a household gas explosion at a nine-storey residential building in the city of Shakhty, Rostov Region on Monday, according to the Ministry of Emergency Situations... Еще (EMERCOM). EMERCOM said in a statement that four people remain missing while seven have been rescued. A total of 140 people have been evacuated. The blast damaged apartments on the eighth and ninth storeys of the tower block. A criminal investigation has been opened into the incident.