Four persons were killed and 11 injured when a fire broke out in a hotel in Jammu in the early hours on Saturday.

The incident occurred in Hotel Neelam in bus stand area of Jammu city at around 02.30 a.m., police said.

As the smoke started billowing out of the three-storey building, police and fire service personnel rushed to the spot and launched operation to rescue the people trapped in the hotel.

Four persons were killed in the blaze while the injured were admitted to Government Medical College (GMC) hospital in Jammu, they said.

According to local residents, the fire started from a store room on the ground floor of the hotel where tyres had been stored. The owner of the hotel is also a local transporter, they said.

Seven fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the blaze.