In the Latvian capital, Riga, eight people have died in a morning fire at a local hotel.

In addition, six people were hospitalized due to burns and inhalation of smoke.

The fire brigade received an alarm at the Japanese Style Garden Hotel on Merkela Street in the city center at 5 p.m.

The fire was out on the sixth floor of the building as well as on the roof structures.

Shutdown work is still ongoing.

According to the mayor of Riga, most of the victims may be foreigners.

Police have launched a criminal investigation into the fire.