Fire in karaoke bar in China, kills 18
Published: 01:59 PM, 24 April 2018
At least 18 people were killed and five others injured after a fire broke out at a karaoke bar in the southern Chinese city of Yingde.
According to BBC, the fire broke out inside the three-storey building just after midnight on Tuesday.
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.