A man is in a coma after Russia’s appalling New Year’s Eve apartment block explosion – not knowing that his entire family was wiped out in the tragedy.
Shukhrat Ulfatov, 26, was rescued seven hours after the building’s collapse in industrial city Magnitogorsk.
But his wife Radzhambo Isoeva, 24, perished along with their three young children Akmad, six, Fotima, four, and Saimukhsiddin, three.
He is now in intensive care in a coma in a hospital in Chelyabinsk.
Dramatic footage showed Shukhrat being carried from the rubble – the last adult to be found alive.
Russian officials say the blast was caused by a gas leak, but local reports citing security service officials claim a terrorist bomb may be behind the attack on New Year’s Eve.
In the wake of the explosion, another resident named Alamsho had saved four people before seeking to rescue an injured Shukhrat.
He insisted the man should instead try and help his wife Radzhambo.
The man – like the tragic family originally from Tajikistan – climbed to the sixth floor of the crumbled building.
But part of the entrance then collapsed, preventing him saving the mother and her three children.
Shukhrat is in a coma but is expected to survive.
“He does not know what happened to his family,” said a source.
Dozens of psychologists are working with the survivors and the bereaved.
Several families were entirely wiped out by the explosion.
Anastasia Kamarenko and her husband Igor, both 31, and their daughter Milana, aged 17 months, all died.
Also confirmed killed in the blast were Tatyana Antilova, her husband Viktor and their daughter Ulyana, born in May 2017.
Funerals for the victims of the Magnitogorsk explosion were starting today.
The final death toll has been given as 39.
A total of 18 were brought out alive from the carnage.
It took four days to bring out the bodies because the building had to be made safe before salvage workers could complete the macabre task.
A huge operation is now underway to establish the cause of the tragedy.
"We took out the last, the 39th body today and we guarantee that there are no more people in the building," Deputy Emergencies Minister Alexander Chuprian told reporters.
However, a dog was carried alive from a section of the building evacuated because it was unsafe.
The Staffordshire terrier and two cats were found alive at the scene, said rescue officials.
The dog was rushed for emergency treatment by a vet.
Its weeping female owner had been begging emergency workers to search for her pet, say reports.
One of rescued cats was hiding behind a slab from a destroyed flat on the collapsed 9th floor of the block on Karl Marx Prospekt.
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