News

China karaoke bar fire kills 18 in Yingde

Pear video of the karaoke lounge on fire Image copyright Screenshot/Pear Video

A fire at a karaoke bar in the southern Chinese city of Yingde has killed 18 people and left five others injured.

The fire broke out inside the three-storey building in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Police have arrested a 32-year-old man for suspected arson. Reports allege he blocked the bar’s only exit with a motorbike before starting the fire.

Video circulating on social media showed bystanders watching as intense flames engulfed the bar.

Police were first alerted to the fire at 00:30 local time on Tuesday (16:30 GMT Monday). It was extinguished by 00:55, according to a statement by Qingyuan police on micro-blogging site Weibo.

Suspected arsonist Liu Chunlu, who according to the police suffered from burns as a result of the fire, was arrested the next morning.

According to state broadcaster CCTV, he had blocked the only entry and exit point and then lit a fire.

Authorities had offered a 200,000 yuan (£22,746; $31,665) reward to anyone who provided information leading to the suspect’s capture.

Last year, 22 people were killed after a fire broke out in a two-storey house in eastern China. Police later arrested a man for allegedly setting the residential building on fire.

In 2016, 17 people on board a bus were killed in a suspected arson attack, with a man later arrested in connection with the incident.


BBC News Source Link

Brought to you by Planet Genius

Tags
If You Liked This Article, Join our Newsletter To Receive More Great Articles

Add Comment

Click here to post a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *