Korea karaoke bar fire kills 9

08-May-2012 Intellasia | msnbc.com | AP | 7:05 AM Print This Post

A fire swept through a karaoke bar in South Korea’s southeastern port city of Busan, killing nine people and injuring 25 others, police said on Sunday.

The fire broke out in one of the 28 rooms of the karaoke lounge on the third floor of a six-story building late on Saturday.

Smoke spread quickly through the club, causing customers to panic, Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.

Customers at the bar were unable to find exits due to smoke, police told Yonhap.

Firemen carry one of the people injured in a fire at a karaoke bar in Busan, about 420 km (262 miles) southeast of Seoul May 5, 2012, in this handout photo released on May 6, 2012. Nine people were killed, including three migrant workers from Sri Lanka, and 25 others injured when a fire swept through a karaoke bar in the southern port city, police said on Sunday. REUTERS

All of the victims died from inhaling toxic gases, police said.

The victims included three workers from Sri Lanka.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang before smoke filled the bar, the BBC reported.

“Firefighters believe the fire might have been caused by a short circuit,” a police spokesman told Agence France Presse.

About 20 fire trucks and 100 firefighters battled the fire.




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