At Least 32 People Killed After Fire Rips Through Karaoke Bar in Southern Vietnam

Fire department trucks line outside the karaoke parlor after it caught on fire in Thuan An city on Sept. 7, 2022. (AP)

The death toll from a fire that tore through a karaoke bar in southern Vietnam has risen to 32, state media said on Wednesday. The blaze engulfed the second floor of the building on Tuesday night, trapping customers and staff as dense smoke filled the staircase and blocked the emergency exit, reports said.

Many crowded onto a balcony to escape the flames, which grew quickly as they ignited the bar’s wooden interior, while others were forced to jump from the building, state media added.

Photos showed plumes of smoke billowing out of the bar — located in a crowded residential neighborhood in Thuan An city, north of commercial hub Ho Chi Minh City in Binh Duong province — as firefighters on ladders tried to extinguish the blaze.

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Mai Hung Dung, a top official with the ruling Communist Party in Binh Duong, told AFP earlier in the day that at least 23 people were killed, but he said the search for victims in the burned-out bar continued. State-run media later updated the death toll to 32.

State media reported that eight people were found dead in the bar’s bathroom alone.

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