Rescuers at the site of the house collapse in Volgograd. May 16, 2017. Photo by Tatyana Filimonova for "Caucasian Knot"

17 May 2017, 22:13

Prosecutor's Office sees no communal workers' guilt of four-storey house collapse in Volgograd

The house, partially destroyed by explosion, is under round-the-clock guard. Today, tenants were allowed to enter their apartments and take documents, money and valuables. According to investigators, the domestic gas explosion occurred due to damage to the gas pipeline at an attempt to illegally cut into the water supply. The Prosecutor's Office found no communal services' negligence in the accident.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on May 16, a section of a four-storey apartment house collapsed after explosion in the Sovietsky District of Volgograd. Four persons were killed, and ten others injured.

The explosion was caused by an unsanctioned attempt to get connected to water supply network, said Pavel Smagorinsky, Prosecutor of the Sovietsky District.

The Prosecutor's Office will check the safety legislation observance in operating gas equipment throughout the Volgograd Region, said Dmitry Vasyutenko, the head of the division for supervising the fulfilment of laws in social sphere of the Regional Prosecutor's Office.

He has added that illegal actions caused another explosion in Volgograd – in a house in Kosmonavtov Street, where on December 20, 2015, a house section collapsed.

Mr Vasyutenko believes that it is quite difficult to get a legitimate sanction to perform works; and it could provoke people to get connected to the water pipe illegally.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

Author: Tatyana Filimonova; Source: CK correspondent

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