Eight die in fire at hotel in Ukraine

Picture used for representation. (AFP file photo)

Eight people died and 10 more were injured in a fire early on Saturday in a private hotel in the southern Ukrainian port of Odesa, Ukraine's emergencies service said.

The fire occurred shortly after midnight, the service said in its statement, which gave no cause for the incident and did not say how many people had been staying at the hotel.

The hotel Tokyo Star has 273 rooms.

It took firefighters about three hours to extinguish the fire, which had raged over an area of about 1,000 square metres, the service said. 

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