A fire broke out in a nursing home in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, Russia. At least 22 people were killed, Russian emergency services said.

Russian news agency RIA Novosti and fire safety officials said on Saturday that the fire had gutted the entire second floor of the building. It was not officially registered as a nursing home.

A fire broke out in a two-story wooden building in Kemerovo, about 3,000 kilometers east of the capital Moscow, on Friday. The fire was brought under control after a few hours.

Tas said the cause of the fire could not be immediately determined, but it may have started from a stove in the building. No exact information was available on how many people were in the building at the time of the fire.

Officials say many nursing homes are operating across Russia without registration. Due to which it is not possible to visit all old age homes officially. That is why the infrastructure of these private nursing homes is not monitored.

But Tas reported that the region’s governor said all such establishments would be inspected after the fire.

In 2018, a fire at a shopping mall in Kemerovo killed 64 people.

(Dhaka Times / 24 December / SAT)