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Boiling Water Floods Hotel, Killing 5

Heating pipe burst in Russia basement hotel
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 20, 2020 2:32 AM CST
This image made from video provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry press service shows damage to the hotel in Perm, Russia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020.   (Ministry of Emergency Situations press service via AP)

(Newser) – A heating pipe burst Monday in small Russian hotel, flooding rooms with boiling water that killed five people, including a child, and left six others injured in the city of Perm, emergency officials say. The nine-room hotel was located in the basement of a residential building in the city near Russia's Ural Mountains. the AP reports. All of the victims were staying at the hotel, authorities say. Three of the injured were hospitalized with burns. Russian police have opened an investigation into the tragedy. Given the deaths, the Russian parliament might consider a ban on opening hotels or hostels in the basements of residential buildings, lawmaker Oleg Melnichenko says. "Hostels shouldn't be open in basements, where all pipelines are located," Melnichenko says. (Read more Russia stories.)

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