|Several gas tanks are salvaged from Huanan Hotel, which caught fire|
The official Xinhua news agency said Saturday that the fire broke out shortly after noon on Friday and ripped through three floors of the four-story Huanan Hotel in Shantou, Guangdong province.
Xinhua said it was not clear how many people were in the hotel at the time of the blaze, which took three hours to extinguish.
The news agency said the Huanan Hotel is managed by a Hong Kong company, with floor space of about 8,000 square meters.
Police say an investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.
Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.