MOSCOW — Officials say a gas explosion and fire at a Moscow restaurant killed two people and injured at least 26.
The explosion occurred Monday afternoon in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant in the Russian capital. A fire, believed to have been set off by the explosion, spread quickly through the three-story building.
Emergencies services official Ilya Denisov said at the scene that two restaurant employees died and 15 people were evacuated by ambulance.
The federal Investigative Committee said in a statement that in addition to the two killed, 26 people were hurt.
Russian state news agencies, citing a spokesman for the emergency services, said 32 people were hospitalized.
Investigators and emergency workers say the explosion is believed to have been caused by improper use of gas cannisters.