Five people including a child, on Monday, died when a broken heating pipe flooded their hotel rooms with scalding water in the Russian city of perm
The accident that occurred in a small private hotel located in the basement of an apartment block in the industrial city in the Urals region, some 1,100 kilometres (700 miles) east of Moscow.
The investigative committee which probes major incidents said five people died and three were taken to hospital with burns.
Those who died were all staying at the Karamel hotel, which has five single and double rooms, according to its website.
The building’s managing company said the hotel did not have an emergency exit while the water pipe that burst dated back to 1962.
Investigators have opened a criminal probe into the provision of dangerous services to consumers.