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Heating pipe bursts in Russian hotel, boiling water kills 5

Posted: 10:07 AM, Jan 20, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-20 12:08:49-05
Russia Incident

MOSCOW — Russian emergency services say five people have died and six more were injured when a heating pipe burst and flooded their hotel rooms with boiling water.

The tragedy occurred in a small hotel in Perm, a central city near Russia's Ural mountains.

The nine-room hotel was located in the basement of a residential building.

All of the victims, including a child, were staying at the hotel. Three of the injured were hospitalized with burns.

Police have opened a probe.

A Russian lawmaker says parliament might consider a ban on opening hotels or hostels in the basements of residential buildings.