Vietnam, karaoke bar fire: 32 dead

Vietnam, karaoke bar fire: 32 dead

Thirty-two people died in the fire that broke out on Tuesday night at the karaoke bar ‘An Phu’ in Thuan An, near Hô Chi Minh.

Author: Davide Falcioni

Thirty-two people died in the fire that broke out on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday in ‘An Phu’ karaoke bar in Thuan An, near Hô Chi Minh, in southern Vietnam. Among the victims are 15 women. At the origin of the fire – according to the first investigations carried out by the police – there was a short circuit: the flames destroyed the second and third floors of the building, which housed 30 karaoke rooms.

As it turned out, the fire broke out in a few minutes, quickly spreading in rooms furnished with wooden furniture: dozens of people tried to escape down the stairs, but when they learned that they would not be able to go down to the street, they crowded onto the balconies. Some fell into the void for dozens of meters, others died asphyxiated or charred.

Cong An Nhan Dan, the official newspaper of the Ministry of Public Security, said the death toll had risen to 32, with 17 men and 15 women dead. At least eight people were found lifeless in a bathroomwhere they desperately tried to save themselves.

After the tragedy, Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh yesterday ordered aImmediate inspection of all high-risk installations, in particular the karaoke bars, where many people gather every day. However, the police explained that the room where the massacre took place had recently been checked and met all fire regulations.

The one at Thuan An’s karaoke bar was the most serious in years; Similar incidents occurred in 2018 at an apartment complex in Ho Chi Minh City and in 2016 at another public location in the capital, Hanoi, resulting in the deaths of 13 people in both cases. Last month, three firefighters died after trying to put out a fire at another karaoke bar in Hanoi.

Source: Fan Page IT

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