Russian Federation apartment blast kills at least seven, dozens missing

Emergency personnel work at the site of collapsed apartment building after a suspected gas blast in Magnitogorsk Russia

Earlier Tuesday, rescue crews temporarily halted their search through the rubble while workers tried to remove or stabilize sections of the building in danger of collapse.

Damage to the building became visible as day broke.

Some 110 people lived in the building, said the RIA news agency, citing the emergencies ministry.

The video filmed by the emergency services, which have been working continuously since the early morning of December 31, shows half a dozen men carefully pulling out a pink-skinned child from a pile of deformed concrete and steel, before another rescuer sprints with the baby to the nearest ambulance. More than 30 people remain unaccounted for.

"It is in the character of our people, despite New Year's festivities, to keep in mind to think of the dead and wounded at this moment", Putin said at the hospital.

Seven bodies were recovered from the rubble. "The baby was saved by being in a cradle and warmly wrapped up", Chelyabinsk regional governor Boris Dubrovsky wrote on his Telegram channel.

The child is in an extremely grave condition with serious frostbite of his limbs, a head injury and multiple leg fractures and he will be evacuated for treatment in Moscow, a health ministry statement said.

Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Zinichev said at a meeting with Mr Putin there were thought to be between 36 and 40 people under the rubble.

There is a "real threat of part of the building collapsing", Mr Zinichev said.

Special large heaters were brought in to try to keep any possible survivors from freezing to death as the rescue operations continue.

Officials reported at least seven people dead in the New Year's Eve collapse of the 10-story building in the city of Magnitogorsk.

"We were sleeping and I woke up feeling I was falling down", said Yulia Gavrilova, a survivor. "My mother was screaming and my son had been buried", said another witness. "There was a blast and a wave of fire... then people started running out".

Shuhrat Ulfatov, 26, was found unconscious and hospitalized after spending more than six hours under the debris in freezing cold.

Other witnesses said the explosion was strong enough to shatter the windows of nearby buildings.

Magnitogorsk is a city of about 400,000 just over 1,000 miles from Moscow.

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