Suspected use of arson in China's Karaoke lounge fire

Suspected use of arson in China's Karaoke lounge fire

Eighteen people were killed and five injured in a suspected arson attack at a karaoke lounge in southern China.

A preliminary investigation into the incident found that the fire was set intentionally, the bureau said on its Weibo social media account.

The public security bureau of Qingyuan City in Guangdong province said police received a call around half-past midnight on Tuesday about the fire.

Police said the suspect, Liu Chunlu, was captured in a nearby village, after authorities offered a 200,000 yuan ($32,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of a 32-year-old man with burn marks on his hips.

The bureau has offered a reward of 200,000 yuan (32,000 US dollars) for information leading to the arrest of Liu.


Fire, health and police departments sent rescuers to the site.

Video footage shown by Chinese news outlets showed bystanders watching helplessly as intense flames flared out of the three-story building containing the karaoke bar and climbed up its walls.

China has a patchy safety record on building regulations.

More than two dozen people were killed in two fires in Beijing's migrant neighbourhoods late previous year.

China suffers frequent deadly fires and industrial accidents, often blamed on negligence.

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