Fire at Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg caused by sauna misuse

23 March 2010 (09:13)

According to the Russian Federation Ministry of Emergencies’ preliminary report, last Friday’s fire outbreak at Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg was caused by failing to observe the safety rules related to the use of the hotel sauna’s furnace.

The Ministry’s Sverdlovsk Region division received a message about the fire on the hotel’s 20th floor at 11:13 PM. Twenty-five vehicles and eighty-one firefighters set off for the scene of the accident at once. 380 people had to be evacuated, the spokesperson for the Russian Federation Ministry of Emergencies’ Sverdlovsk Region division says.

The fire was extinguished shortly after 1 AM.

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