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Hot water pipe bursts in Russian hotel, killing 5

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Posted at 9:45 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 21:45:36-05

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.