32 Dead in Karaoke Parlor Blaze

Fire in south Vietnam started Tuesday night
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 8, 2022 1:09 AM CDT
32 Dead in Karaoke Parlor Fire
Victims of karaoke parlor fire are treated in a hospital Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022, in Thuan An city, southern Vietnam. Over a dozen people died in the fire local media reported.   (Duong Trei Tuong/VNA via AP)

The death toll from a fire at a karaoke parlor in southern Vietnam has risen to 32 and some parts of the building remain inaccessible more than a day later, state media reported. The fire that began late Tuesday trapped workers and customers inside the multi-story venue in Thuan An city in Binh Duong province, state media said. The fire was brought under control quickly but smoldered into the next day, the AP reports. Vietnam News Agency reported 32 deaths from the blaze as of late Wednesday and at least one karaoke room and one storage room have not been accessed because the temperature remained high.

Some people were injured from asphyxiation and others suffered broken limbs when they jumped from upper floors to try to escape the fire, reports said. Firefighters using ladders from their trucks managed to rescue others. President Nguyen Xuan Phuc extended his condolences to families of the victims and asked government officials to support the families and quickly find the cause of the blaze. The preliminary finding was that it was caused by an electrical short circuit and started on the second or third floor. Enforcement of safety standards at entertainment venues in many parts of Southeast Asia is sometimes lax and believed to contribute to multiple deaths in case of fires.

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