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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Explosion Rocks the Arbat

A suspected gas explosion ripped through a two-story building on the Arbat pedestrian zone at about 8 p.m. Monday, injuring at least 10 people, the police said.

The explosion probably occurred in a Georgian cafe on the first floor of 36 Arbat, destroying the first floor and causing the second floor to sag, police spokesman Nikolai Gribakin told reporters at the site.

None of the 10 victims were in serious condition, and rescue workers believed that no one was left buried under the rubble, Gribakin said. He said the blast appeared to have been caused by a gas leak in the Kinto cafe.

Interfax reported that 13 people were injured in the explosion and that it originated in the second-floor apartment of a woman in her late 70s.

Interfax said the woman escaped uninjured but nine victims were hospitalized in serious condition.

The report could not be immediately confirmed.

Gribakin stressed that investigators have found no evidence that the blast was a terrorist attack.

Thick smoke and flames enveloped the yellow building Monday evening, while at least 10 fire engines battled the blaze.

In addition to destroying the building, the explosion damaged three cars parked nearby.

The Arbat, commonly referred to as Old Arbat, is a 15-minute walk from the Kremlin and popular with tourists.