18 dead after fire in Guangdong karaoke bar, arson suspect arrested - SupChina

18 dead after fire in Guangdong karaoke bar, arson suspect arrested

At least 18 are dead and five injured in the southern Chinese city of Qingyuan 清远, Guangdong province, after a fire ripped through a small karaoke bar just after midnight last night.

CCTV reports that the fire was started by a man who had gotten into an altercation earlier that evening. He reportedly blocked the club’s only exit-entrance with his motorcycle before lighting the fire. The KTV lounge was part of a larger three-story building.

Qingyuan police reported on its social media account this morning that they have detained a 32-year-old man surnamed Liu on suspicion of arson. Police had previously offered a 200,000 RMB ($31,700) reward for his capture.

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Anthony Tao

Anthony is the Asia managing editor of SupChina. Follow him @anthonytao

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