PINSK, BELARUS -- The death toll stemming from an October 25 explosion at a plywood plant here has climbed to five.

Sixteen other injured workers remain hospitalized according to Radio Free Europe.


An explosion at a plywood plant here reportedly killed four workers and injured 18 others.

Investigators said the massive explosion eminated from an explosion in two boilers in the plant's workshop. Approximately 100 square meters of the plant's roof collapsed, of which at least some was a glass ceiling..

RFE reported that the plywood plant's owners had given the deceased workers' families 3 million Belarusian rubles (about $1,000) each as compensation. In addition, the company was covering all travel expenses between Pinsk and other cities incurred by the victims' relatives.

the cause of the blast is under investigation by a special commission.

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