Thir­teen dead in Viet­nam karaoke fire

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A FIRE at a karaoke bar killed 13 peo­ple and in­jured two po­lice of­fi­cers in the Viet­namese cap­i­tal of Hanoi, an of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day.

The blaze started on Novem­ber 1 af­ter­noon in the busy Cau Giay dis­trict and quickly spread to neigh­bour­ing houses.

Pho­tos showed plumes of smoke ris­ing from the large fire as fire­fight­ers on lad­ders tack­led the flames, with cars and mo­tor­bikes out­side the build­ing also burn­ing.

“Hun­dreds of fire­men and po­lice of­fi­cers were mo­bilised to ex­tin­guish the fire,” of­fi­cials said, adding that two po­lice of­fi­cers were treated af­ter they were in­jured try­ing to put out the blaze.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has or­dered po­lice to im­me­di­ately “in­ves­ti­gate and con­clude rea­sons for the fire, se­ri­ously pun­ish­ing wrong­do­ing”, ac­cord­ing to the gov­ern­ment’s of­fi­cial web­site.

He also asked local au­thor­i­ties to closely in­spect karaoke bars and restau­rants for fire safety pro­to­cols and equip­ment, the state­ment added.

Blazes are com­mon at houses, bars and restau­rants in com­mu­nist Viet­nam where fire pre­ven­tion and fire­fight­ing are lim­ited. In Septem­ber, a seven-storey karaoke bar in Hanoi went up in flames at night, but no ca­su­al­ties were re­ported. –

Photo: AFP

Mo­tor­cy­clists stop to look at the build­ings dam­aged by the fire.

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