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Inside karaoke bar where fire killed 32

PremiumBy Staff reporters   September 10, 2022 | 02:31 am PT
An Phu karaoke in the southern Binh Duong Province of Vietnam has been sealed off for investigation after a fire claimed the lives of 32.
Inside karaoke bar where fire killed 32

The reception area on the ground floor of An Phu karaoke is seen damaged by fire in this photo taken on Friday. There are seven rooms on this floor.

Entering operation in 2016, the three-floor facility comprises 29 rooms and is owned by a local man named Le Anh Xuan, 42.

Inside karaoke bar where fire killed 32

Sandals and a helmet are scattered across the floor next to water bottles and beer cans.

According to the official report, a fire broke out at the bar, which is located in Thuan An Town of Binh Duong, a neighboring province of Ho Chi Minh City, around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday following several blasts.

Inside karaoke bar where fire killed 32

The interior on the ground floor was destroyed by strong heat created by the fire, police said.

Inside karaoke bar where fire killed 32

The wall and stairs leading to the second floor were severely burned.

Colonel Trinh Ngoc Quyen, director of Binh Duong Police Department, said security camera footage showed the fire broke out along the corridor on the second floor and was possibly caused by a short circuit inside the ceiling.

Inside karaoke bar where fire killed 32

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam (R) talks to police on the third floor of the karaoke on Thursday.

All 32 bodies were found here. At the time of the fire, there were around 60 people inside, including 30 customers.

Inside karaoke bar where fire killed 32

The ceiling on the third floor is burned to its frame.

The three-story parlor has a floor area of 1,500 square meters, with the fire having affected 400 square meters of the second and third floors.

Inside karaoke bar where fire killed 32

A room of 30 square meters on the third floor is partially burned.

When it caught fire, customers occupied five of the 10 rooms on this floor.

"Many people fled to the rest room on this floor to avoid the smoke yet ended up suffocating," said Colonel Quyen.

Inside karaoke bar where fire killed 32

A hole created by firemen in the wall of the third floor on Wednesday morning.

Inside karaoke bar where fire killed 32

Windows of the bar were blocked by bricks.

The only exit is a ventilator window where several people had jumped from, breaking their limbs.

Inside karaoke bar where fire killed 32

Police on Thursday launched a criminal investigation into the fire.

Three inspections in 2019, 2021 and 2022 concluded the karaoke satisfied fire safety standards.

This is the deadliest fire to occur in Vietnam in the past 20 years.

 
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