Blast and fire at a Russian chemical facility: At least 16 dead

Blast and fire at a Russian chemical facility: At least 16 dead

An explosion and fire at a gunpowder and chemicals facility in Russia's western Ryazan province killed sixteen people, according to TASS news agency, citing a source.

The emergencies ministry confirmed 12 deaths in the accident, saying four people remained missing.

TASS quoted its source as saying the accident had been caused by a failure to observe the proper technical process at the facility.

Pictures from the site published by the ministry showed firefighters standing next to a brick building that appeared to have been partly demolished by the blast.

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