Russia's emergencies ministry said on Saturday that 20 people were killed in a fire at a nursing home in the Siberian city of Kemerovo.
The fire broke out before dawn in the two-story wooden building in the city 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) east of Moscow.
In the #Russian city of #Kemerovo, at least 11 people died as a result of a fire in an illegal nursing home.— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) December 23, 2022
The area of the fire is 180 square meters, it has been assigned an increased rank of complexity. pic.twitter.com/KIGIcIfUxE
The cause was not immediately determined but news reports said the building was heated by stoves.
It was not clear how many people lived at the privately run facility or how many were in the building when the fire started. Reports also revealed that the nursing home was being run illegally and did not have required permits.
(With inputs from AP)