A karaoke parlor caught fire in the southern Binh Duong Province Tuesday night, killing 12 people.
Seven others were injured while escaping the fire while several people were rescued by fire police, the province’s chairman Vo Van Minh confirmed Wednesday.
The fire engulfed An Phu karaoke parlor on Tran Quang Dieu Street of An Phu Ward of Thuan An Town, 50 minutes drive from HCMC, at around 9 p.m. Tuesday night.
The parlor staff used mini fire extinguishers to put it out, to no avail. The fire then spread quickly and trapped many staff members and customers inside, covering over 400 square meters on the second and third floors of the three-story parlor, which has been operating for five years.
The fire grew stronger as it caught the soundproof foam mattresses and the wooden interior. As it blocked the emergency exit, many people were forced to rush to the balcony and four jumped down from the second floor at the height of 7-8 m and got injured.
It took 40 minutes for 13 fire trucks to stop the fire.
Nguyen Sang, who lives near the karaoke parlor, said that when the fire trucks arrived at the scene, a receptionist ran outside and announced that there were about 40 people trapped inside.
“Some people ran down through the main door, many people couldn’t stand the hot fire and had to jump from the high floors, breaking their limbs,” he said.
(to be updated)
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