Fire in China karaoke lounge kills 18; police suspect arson

China police     Source Associated Press

At least 18 people were killed and five injured when a fire tore through a karaoke lounge in southern China early this morning, police and state media said.

According to a statement released by Pingan Qingyuan, the local police department's official Sina Weibo account, the main suspect is a man named Liu Chunlu, who is 32 years of age.

"The public security authorities are stepping up their investigation", the authorities in Qingyuan said.

The suspect got into an argument, then used a motorcycle to block the building's door and lit the fire, state broadcaster CCTV said, adding that he was on the lam. According to a New York Times report, post the fatal fire, government forced people to vacate from buildings deemed to be unsafe or illegal, sometimes with just a few hours' notice, before homes, shops and even whole factories were demolished.

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Karaoke - or KTV - is a popular activity in China, with even shopping centres featuring booths where people can sit and sing their favourite songs. The parlor had only one passage for entering and exiting, the report said.

The injured were taken to hospital for treatment.

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

A blaze that killed 38 people at a nursing home in 2015 sparked soul-searching about safety standards in China. While, the government cited safety of the people as a reason, but migrants felt that the government was using fire as an excuse to drive them out and ease pressures in a city whose population has already crossed 20 million people.

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