Nine 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.

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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, as reported by Reuters.

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 meters, the service said.

Earlier it was reported about eight dead as a result of the fire, but according to updated information, the body of the ninth victim was found at 14:12 on August 17 during investigative actions at the scene.