Twenty people are dead after a fire at an unregistered care home in Siberia.
The fire broke out at a two-storey wooden building at the private nursing home in the city of Kemerovo on Friday, according to Russia’s Tass news agency.
The report quoted fire safety officials as saying the entire second storey had been gutted in the fire.
The flames were brought under control shortly afterwards.
“At the site of the fire, rescuers continue to work on the rubble in conditions of low air temperature,” the report said.
“According to the latest data, 20 people died.”
A criminal investigation has been launched looking into the possibility that the fire was caused by negligence.
Governor of Kuzbass Sergey Tsivilev said that all similar institutions, especially those privately-owned, would be inspected within the coming week.