NANCHANG – At least 10 persons have been killed and 14 others injured after a major fire broke out at a multi-storey luxurious hotel in Nanchang, capital of China’s eastern Jiangxi province.

Firefighters found seven bodies in the debris, and three of the 16 people hospitalized have succumbed to their injuries, state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

The blaze broke out on the second floor of the HNA Platinum Mix Hotel in the Honggutan New District of Nanchang.

The four-storey hotel is connected to a 24-storey apartment building where over 260 residents were evacuated.

Seven people in connection with the case have been taken into police custody.