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A police officer walks next to a building where four minors were killed in a fire in Vigo. Image Credit: AFP

A fire in a building in northwestern Spain killed four children early Wednesday, authorities said, a new tragedy as Spain mourns a deadly nightclub blaze just over a week ago.

Wednesday's fire in the coastal city of Vigo was still under investigation, but officials have confirmed the victims were were aged between 9-14.

Nine other people were injured in the blaze that broke out around 4am (0200 GMT) on the ground floor of a building.

Firefighters extinguished the flames three hours later.

A team of psychologists was on the scene assisting relatives of the victims, the emergency services said.

Vigo is a city of nearly 300,000 people that lies on the Atlantic coast in Spain's Galicia region, less than 30 kilometres (20 miles) north from the border with Portugal.

Regional president of Galicia, Alfonso Rueda, said he was "devastated" by the fire and offered his condolences to the families of the victims.

The fire in Vigo comes after the October 1 blaze that killed 13 people inside a nightclub in the city of Murcia in southeastern Spain.

A Spanish court has opened a manslaughter probe into the tragedy at the nightclub, which had ignored an earlier closure order.