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Death toll in Russia's gas explosion climbs to 4

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An Emergency services worker at the scene of the destroyed top floor of a apartment building in the city of Shakhty, Russia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. A suspected gas explosion at an apartment building in southern Russia killed at least one person and injured two others early Monday, authorities said. (AP Photo)

MOSCOW (AP) — The death toll from a gas explosion at an apartment building in southern Russia climbed to four Tuesday after the bodies of three missing people were found in the rubble.

The explosion on the top floor of the nine-story building ripped through the structure in the city of Shakhty before dawn Monday. One woman was found dead. Two people who were rescued from the wreckage shortly after the blast remained hospitalized in stable condition.

As the search operation continued, emergency crews found the body of an elderly woman early Tuesday. The bodies of a missing middle-aged couple were located later in the day, Vyacheslav Butko, top regional official for Emergency Situations Ministry, told Russian news agencies.

One person still was unaccounted for.

Emergency officials said they expect the search to finish by the end of the day.

In this video grab provided by Russia Emergency Situations Ministry press service, Emergency Situation workers at the scene of the destroyed top floor of a apartment building in the city of Shakhty, Russia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. A suspected gas explosion at an apartment building in southern Russia killed at least one person and injured two others early Monday, authorities said. (Russia Emergency Situations Ministry press service via AP)
Emergency Situations workers at the scene of the destroyed top floor of a apartment building in the city of Shakhty, Russia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. A suspected gas explosion at an apartment building in southern Russia killed at least one person and injured two others early Monday, authorities said. (AP Photo)
Emergency Situations workers at the scene of the destroyed top floor of a apartment building in the city of Shakhty, Russia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. A suspected gas explosion at an apartment building in southern Russia killed at least one person and injured two others early Monday, authorities said. (AP Photo)
Emergency Situations workers at the scene of the destroyed top floor of a apartment building in the city of Shakhty, Russia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. A suspected gas explosion at an apartment building in southern Russia killed at least one person and injured two others early Monday, authorities said. (AP Photo)
In this video grab provided by Russia Emergency Situations Ministry press service, Emergency Situation workers at the scene of the destroyed top floor of a apartment building in the city of Shakhty, Russia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. A suspected gas explosion at an apartment building in southern Russia killed at least one person and injured two others early Monday, authorities said. (Russia Emergency Situations Ministry press service via AP)
In this video grab provided by Russia Emergency Situations Ministry press service, Emergency Situation workers at the scene of the destroyed top floor of a apartment building in the city of Shakhty, Russia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. A suspected gas explosion at an apartment building in southern Russia killed at least one person and injured two others early Monday, authorities said. (Russia Emergency Situations Ministry press service via AP)
An Emergency services worker at the scene of the destroyed top floor of a apartment building in the city of Shakhty, Russia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. A suspected gas explosion at an apartment building in southern Russia killed at least one person and injured two others early Monday, authorities said. (AP Photo)
An Emergency services worker at the scene of the destroyed top floor of a apartment building in the city of Shakhty, Russia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. A suspected gas explosion at an apartment building in southern Russia killed at least one person and injured two others early Monday, authorities said. (AP Photo)