A massive explosion on Wednesday night blew an apartment block off a 5-storied building in Yevpatoria, Crimea, killing 27 people, including three children and entire families, one of them of five people. (as of Friday morning)
A group of 6-7 children believed to be trapped in the basement used cell phones to call their parents.
Almost 300 rescue workers are working around the clock.
The cause of the accident may have been oxygen tanks stored in the basement.
The rising death toll puts the tragedy in Yevpatoria next to last year's gas blast in Dnipropetrovsk.
PM Tymoshenko has pledged full government support to the victims and their families.
According to Channel 1+1 reporters, investigators retrieved a tank from the basement and, forbidding the reporters to film it, whisked it off the scene.
December 26 will be a day of mourning in Ukraine.
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