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A fire broke out in a karaoke bar in southern Vietnam on Tuesday night, killing at least 12 people and injuring at least 40 others.

Vietnam News Agency, Vietnam’s state-run news agency, reported on the fire on Wednesday. The bar was located in Binh Duong province, several kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. Of the 40 reported injuries, at least 11 were considered serious.

“When the fire broke out, I was so panicked and ran to safety and I don’t remember how it happened,” a witness named Quynh told VNA.

A fire swept through a karaoke bar in Vietnam killing 12 people and leaving 11 injured, a local official said on Sept. 7.
(STR / Vietnam News Agency / AFP via Getty Images)

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh asked the Ministry of Public Security and provincial authorities to determine the cause of the fire.

Chinh also ordered the Southeast Asian country’s cities and provinces to strengthen safety standards in fire-prone facilities, including karaoke bars.

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Pham Minh Chinh, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, ordered the provincial authorities to investigate the fire.

Pham Minh Chinh, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, ordered the provincial authorities to investigate the fire.
(BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP via Getty Images)

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Karaoke is a much-loved form of entertainment in Vietnam, making themed bars popular and sometimes dangerous places. Three firefighters died in Hanoi last month while fighting a fire in a five-story karaoke bar.

Karaoke is a popular form of entertainment in Vietnam, as seen in this 2019 photo of migrant workers singing karaoke in their downtime.

Karaoke is a popular form of entertainment in Vietnam, as seen in this 2019 photo of migrant workers singing karaoke in their downtime.
(MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP via Getty Images)

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In 2016, 13 people were killed in Hanoi when a fire broke out in an eight-story karaoke room.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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