Lucknow - Police say at least 10 people were killed and several others injured in a fire that broke out in a hotel in northern India.
Police superintendent Balikaran Singh Yadav said the fire broke out early Friday in a restaurant and spread to the hotel next door in Pratapgarh town of Uttar Pradesh state.
Most of the hotel guests were asleep when the fire started at 03:00 Yadav says the cause of the fire was a short circuit.
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Thirteen guests suffered burns and other injuries as they tried to get out of the four-story building. Nine people with serious burns were taken to hospitals in the nearby city of Allahabad.
A dozen people were rescued and the fire has been put out, police said.