Six people have died, including two children, in a fire that broke out in a high-rise building in central Moscow, Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said late on Tuesday.

Another nine people were injured due to the fire, while around 200 citizens were evacuated from the building, where a hotel operates, the ministry clarified via the Telegram platform.

The fire was extinguished shortly before midnight (local time; 23:00 Greek time) and a thorough check was carried out from room to room, according to the same source.

Russia’s Investigative Committee, for its part, announced, also via Telegram, that it has begun an investigation into the causes of the fire, which occurred on the fifth floor of the building.

The building, which was erected 41 years ago in the Tagansky district of the Russian capital, houses the MKM hotel, while on the highest floors there are private apartments that once belonged to another hotel, the country’s news agencies noted.

The state news agency TASS reported, citing an emergency services official, whom it did not name, that the assessment of the authorities based on the first elements of the investigation is that the fire was due to arson.