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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.
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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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.
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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.