At least ten people were killed and half a dozen injured after a four-storey building collapsed near Sarvate bus stand in Indore on Saturday evening, police officials said.
The building housed MS Hotel - a lodge cum eatery, besides several other shops.
"Till now, seven people have been rescued from the debris. The deceased include two women. Half a dozen injured persons have been rushed to the MY Hospital," Indore DIG Harinarayanchari Mishra said. At least a dozen more people are still feared trapped inside the building, the DIG added.
Divisional commissioner Sanjay Dubey, while confirming the deaths, said the exact reason for the collapse is not clear.
According to eye-witnesses, a car hit one of the pillars of the building at around 9.30 pm and the entire structure came crumbling down.
Officials said the rescue operation is underway and many people are still feared trapped inside.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan called an urgent meeting with authorities in Bhopal to take stock of the situation.