NEW DELHI, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Seven people were killed and some others suffered burn injuries on Monday after fire broke out in a shop-cum-residential complex in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, officials said.
The fire broke out at Indergunj in Gwalior city, about 404 km north of Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh.
"Today fire broke out at a shop cum residential building here in which seven people were killed," a police official said. "The deceased include four children and three women."
Four others were seriously injured and admitted in a hospital, the police official said.
Locals said the fire started from a paint shop and immediately spread to upper floors.
"The floors above the paint shop were being used as residential flats by two families," Atul Choudhary, a local, said.
"The fire spread immediately to the upper floors because of the highly inflammable material inside the shop. It trapped the inmates of the two families."
According to police officials, it took several hours for firefighters to control the blaze.
Chances of fire in Indian buildings are usually high as people ignore safety standards. Enditem