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Aftermath of deadly karaoke fire in Binh Duong

By Staff reporters   September 7, 2022 | 12:31 am PT
Thirteen fire trucks were sent to battle the fire engulfing a karaoke parlor in Binh Duong Province on Tuesday night.
Aftermath of deadly karaoke fire in Binh Duong

Fire trucks are seen from above on Tran Quang Dieu Street in An Phu Ward of Thuan An Town, 50 minutes drive from Ho Chi Minh City.

The fire broke out at An Phu karaoke parlor around 9 p.m. on Tuesday and spread quickly.

Aftermath of deadly karaoke fire in Binh Duong

Fire trucks gather in front of the karaoke bar.

Aftermath of deadly karaoke fire in Binh Duong

A firefighter stands on the roof of the facility owned by a local man named Le Anh Xuan, 42.

Operating since 2016, the three-story parlor has 29 rooms and a floor area of 1,500 square meters. The fire spread over 400 square meters.

Aftermath of deadly karaoke fire in Binh Duong

The electric signboard of the parlor was completely destroyed.

Aftermath of deadly karaoke fire in Binh Duong

Firefighters smash the wall on the side of the bar to save 22 people stuck inside.

Aftermath of deadly karaoke fire in Binh Duong

Firefighters approach from inside.

Aftermath of deadly karaoke fire in Binh Duong

A fireman sprays water to put out remaining flames.

The fire grew stronger as it caught onto the soundproof foam mattresses and wooden interior. As it blocked the emergency exit, many people were forced to rush to the balcony while many others remained trapped inside.

Aftermath of deadly karaoke fire in Binh Duong

More machinery was sent to the scene to douse the flames on Wednesday morning.

Aftermath of deadly karaoke fire in Binh Duong

Two bodies were brought out at 11 a.m. Wednesday. By 6 p.m. today, 23 deaths have been confirmed. Several people who had jumped off the balcony were injured with broken limbs.

Aftermath of deadly karaoke fire in Binh Duong

Local people watch as firefighters conduct the rescue mission.

A witness said the main door of the parlor was shut at the time of the fire.

"Normally this parlor would shut the roll-up door after 11 p.m. and customers must ask a staff member to open it from inside," said the witness.

Aftermath of deadly karaoke fire in Binh Duong

Smoke billows out from the fire at around Wednesday noon.

Aftermath of deadly karaoke fire in Binh Duong

Those injured by the fire were treated at An Phu General Hospital. Many of them are karaoke staff.

Duong Ba Khuong, a 27-year-old employee, said it all started after he heard some explosions on the first and second floors. Some people went to check and saw columns of smoke and felt the heat. They then called for help.

Police are investigating the cause of the fire.

 
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