Five people were killed after a heating pipe exploded and flooded a basement hotel room with boiling water in the Russian city of Perm on Monday, emergency officials have said.
Three other people with serious burns were rushed to hospital from the Mini Hotel Caramel, which is located in the basement of a residential building. One victim is said to be in a grave condition.
It’s been reported the rooms did not have windows and that there was only one exit, with the incident taking place at 4am.
Investigators have opened a criminal case under the charge of the provision of services that do not meet safety requirements, with forensic investigators on hand to interview victims, carry out examinations and secure evidence at the site.
Maxim Reshetnikov, the Governor of Perm, and city mayor Dmitry Samoylov have also visited the scene.