At least 32 dead after massive fire at karaoke bar in Vietnam: Reports
STR/Vietnamese News Agency/AFP via Getty Firefighters battle deadly fire at karaoke bar in Vietnam
Local authorities say at least 32 people died after a fire engulfed a karaoke bar in southern Vietnam, according to multiple reports.
The Cong An Nhan Dan newspaper, which officially works with the Ministry of Public Security, said 17 men and 15 women were killed in Tuesday night’s fire near Ho Chi Minh City, according to the newspaper. BBC.
Around 60 people were in the bar when the fire broke out, the outlet reported.
Customers and staff were trapped by the fire which quickly consumed the second and third floors of the building, according to CBS News and AFP.
“The fire started on the second floor of the bar and quickly spread to the third floor, which was full of flammable materials,” read a statement from the Ministry of Public Security, according to Reuters.
Four people were injured when they jumped from the second and third floors to escape the blaze, but are expected to survive, the BBC reported, bringing the total number of injured to 40.
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State media said the initial cause of the fire was an electrical short, according to CBS News and AFP.
Police said fire regulations were checked at the facility ahead of Tuesday night’s blaze, although it’s unclear when that happened, the outlets reported.
On Wednesday, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh called for additional fire inspections for high-risk venues such as karaoke bars, the BBC reported.
In August, three firefighters were killed while battling a fire that broke out at a karaoke venue in Hanoi, according to the outlet. Additionally, 13 people were killed in 2016 when a fire broke out at a separate karaoke lounge in the country’s capital.
It is the deadliest fire in Vietnam since 2018, when 13 people were killed in a fire at an apartment complex in Ho Chi Minh City, according to CBS News and AFP.