Tuesday night, the second and third floors of the four-story structure caught fire. Customers and employees were trapped as thick smoke filled the stairwell, according to state media.
According to a local official, a fire in southern Vietnam tore through a karaoke bar, killing 12 people and injuring 11.
Tuesday night, the building’s second and third floors caught fire. Customers and employees were trapped as thick smoke filled the stairway, according to state media.
According to the accounts, many people crammed onto a balcony to escape the flames, which spread swiftly as they caught the wooden interior. Other people were compelled to jump from the building.
At photos, firefighters on cranes could be seen attempting to put out the fire in the pub, which was located in a busy residential area of Thuan An city, north of the commercial centre of Ho Chi Minh City.
A local official confirmed to AFP that the fire claimed the lives of 12 individuals while injuring another 11.
“Rescue workers are still searching the area for victims. Investigations are being conducted to try and discover what started the fire, “Nguyen Thanh Tam, a senior member of the communist party in charge in Thuan An city, told AFP.
When fire vehicles came on the scene, a receptionist reported that there were 40 people trapped inside, according to witness Nguyen Sang, who lives next to the karaoke club, who spoke to the VnExpress news site.
Many people exited through the main door, but many others collapsed from the heat and broke their wrists and legs, according to Sang.
The blaze was the deadliest in Vietnam since 2018, when a fire broke out in an apartment building in Ho Chi Minh City, killing 13.
Thirteen people perished in a karaoke bar fire in Hanoi in 2016, which prompted an evaluation of fire safety protocols at nightclubs and bars across the nation.
Three firefighters lost their lives last month while attempting to put out a fire at another karaoke establishment in the capital city.