10:44 26.12.2008

Death toll of Crimean blast reaches 27, says Emergencies Ministry

Twenty-seven bodies have been recovered from under the rubble of a resident house in Yevpatoria hit by an explosion on Wednesday evening, head of the Crimean Main Department of the Ukrainian Emergency Situations Ministry Oleksandr Mazylyn told journalists on Friday morning.

Twenty-six bodies, including three children, were identified, he said.

Twenty-one people were recovered alive from under the rubble, with five of them having been hospitalized. Four of them, who sustained minor injuries, were admitted to Yevpatoria hospitals and one person was admitted to Simferopol hospital in serious condition.

Rescuers are completing dismantling the rubble, and Mazylyn expressed hope that they will be all dismantled by Friday afternoon.

Investigators of the Crimean prosecutor's office are working on the scene.

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