SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) _ A fire inside a Santo Domingo nightclub killed nine people early Monday, officials said.

The fire, which consumed the interior of the two-story building, was already out by the time neighbors notified authorities of the blaze around 4 a.m., said Col. Rafael Javier Bueno of the East Santo Domingo fire department, who was on the scene.

The victims _ six women and three men _ were all employees of the dance club, Jazzys. The fire started after the club had closed for the night, and the victims were the only people inside at the time, Bueno said.

``Everyone who was inside the club died,'' Bueno said.

Officials were investigating the cause of the blaze.