A hot water leak at a Moscow mall has killed at least four and injured several other people.
Rescuers rushed to the scene as dozens of fire engines and ambulances lined up. The victims were seen lying face down on the ground with serious burns.
The video shows steam pouring out of the doorway and flooding in a mall. A second video shows a man with burned marks on his legs being stretched into an ambulance.
Vremena Goda is a shopping mall with over 150 shops that was opened in 2007.
Sergei Sobyanin is the Mayor of Moscow. He described this incident as tragic. Our condolences are extended to the family members and friends of those who died. He said that rescuers are still working.
After evacuating, the workers of the mall were stunned to see each other outside. Some of the victims were covered in blankets.
According to the Russian News Agency TASS, the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal investigation into the death of four individuals.
Yulia ivanova, spokeswoman of the Investigative Committee’s Moscow Department, stated that a criminal case had been opened based on a crime under Article 238 Part 3 (negligence when providing services resulting in at least two deaths).
Four bodies were found in the first floor mall following a burst hot water pipe. Nine other people were taken to hospital, while one person was treated as an outpatient.
The explosion of hot water pipes has killed Russians before.
In Russia’s harsh winters, buildings are heated with hot water.
In January 2020, a burst water pipe inundated a hostel, killing 5 people. This included a five-year old girl and a mother.
Natalia Shats and Ekaterina Shats from Solikamsk were trapped by the torrential water after undergoing heart surgery in a hospital nearby.
Three more people were seriously burned by the hot water at the Caramel Hostel in Perm near the Ural Mountains, including the father of a three-year old boy who braved the rapids.
All the victims are believed to have been asleep at the time of the horrific accident.
Two men died almost instantly two months ago when the Lada they were driving suddenly fell into a pit of boiling water.
In these disturbing images, their bodies and the wreckage of Lada Largus cars were removed by crane out of the water at 167F.
In 2018, an underground pipe was bursting with volcanic force and a pensioner got sprayed in hot water.
The woman was suddenly soaked as she returned home after shopping in Barnaul.
She vanished in the spray of steam and spray.
The pensioner was soaked through by the geyser but remained upright.
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