Guatemala City's Fuego volcano took place at almost 25 miles (i.e. 40 km) from the Capital's southwest, which is closer to the Antigua's colonial city that is well known for the plantations of coffee and tourists popularity.
Guatemalan officials say more than 3,200 people have been evacuated after the volcanic eruption.
A fiery volcanic eruption in Guatemala has sent lava flowing into rural communities, killing at least 25 as rescuers struggled to reach people where homes and roads were charred and blanketed with ash.
Volcanic ash covers parked motorcycles, brought by the Fuego Volcano, in Antigua Guatemala, Sunday, June 3, 2018.
More than two dozen people were killed and hundreds more injured in Guatemala on Sunday after one of the country's biggest and most active volcanoes randomly erupted.
This past February, the volcano had a slightly larger eruption that spewed out ash reaching 1.1 miles (1.7 km) high, the BBC said.
Dense ash blasted out by the volcano - which rises to 3,763 meters (12,346 feet) - also shut down Guatemala City's global airport, civil aviation said.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales plans to issue a state of emergency to be approved by Congress and urged people to heed warnings from emergency officials. Three bodies lay partially buried in ash-colored debris from the volcano, which lies about 45 kilometres from Guatemala City.
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National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred) chief Sergio Cabanas did not rule out the number of dead increasing, as there are "missing persons, but we do not know how many". Images in the news media and on social media showed people and villages caked in ash.
Rescue operations were suspended as of nightfall because conditions were too risky to continue, officials said.
An employee sweeps the entrance of a gas station covered with ash after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted violently, in Guatemala City, Guatemala June 3, 2018.
In the village of El Rodeo, heavily armed soldiers wearing blue masks to ward off the dust stood guard behind yellow tape cordoning off the scene as orange-helmeted workers operated a backhoe.
This is the second time in 2018 that Fuego, one of Latin America's most active volcanoes, has erupted.
The alert level was raised to red in nearby cities and towns of Escuintla, Alotenango, Sacatepéquez, Yepocapa and Chimaltenango on Tuesday.
Guatemala's main airport was forced to close.
The volcano is part of the Central American Volcanic Arc, which extends about 930 miles (1,500 kilometers) along the Pacific coast of Central America.