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Vietnam’s deadliest karaoke bar fire kills more than 30 people

karaoke bar fire
  • A fire broke out at a karaoke complex in southern Vietnam on Tuesday night, killing 17 men and 15 women, according to the Binh Duong provincial police.
  • The initial cause of the fire came from an electrical short circuit, according to Binh Duong authorities. The incident remains under investigation.
  • Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has urged the country to ensure safety standards at karaoke bars and other facilities prone to fires.
  • The incident marks Vietnam’s deadliest karaoke bar fire since 2016, when 13 people died in a blaze at another karaoke lounge in Hanoi.

A fire broke out at a karaoke complex in southern Vietnam, trapping customers and staff and killing at least 32 people. 

The fire emerged on the second floor of the three-story An Phu karaoke bar near Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday night, killing 17 men and 15 women, according to the Binh Duong provincial police.

Indian teen dies days after being set on fire by man she rejected

indian teen set on fire
  • Ankita Kumari, a 19-year-old high school student, was set ablaze on Aug. 23 in Jharkhand, India, by Shahrukh Hussain, who drenched her in gasoline after she turned down his marriage proposal, according to reports.
  • The incident occurred while Kumari was sleeping at around 4 a.m. local time. He and his friend, whom Kumari identified as Chhotu, allegedly threw petrol into her bedroom window and set her on fire.
  • Kumari was rushed to a hospital, where she succumbed to her wounds at around 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 28.
  • Hussain was captured smiling in police custody as he was being detained.
  • The incident has sparked outrage on social media, with netizens calling for justice for Kumari.

A high school student in India succumbed to her severe burn injuries five days after she was allegedly set on fire by a man whose marriage proposal she rejected.

Ankita Kumari, 19, was set ablaze by Shahrukh Hussain, who drenched her in gasoline while she slept, according to reports.

Elderly man, 79, set on fire in Honolulu Chinatown

Elderly man set fire Honolulu
  • Police are looking for a man who reportedly set an elderly man on fire in Honolulu’s Chinatown on Tuesday morning.
  • Surveillance footage shows the suspect trailing the 79-year-old victim before using what appears to be a lighter to set his shirt ablaze.
  • The victim suffered first- and second-degree burns and was taken to the hospital.
  • The suspect, who was reported to be homeless, fled the scene on foot and remains at large.

Warning: This article contains mentions of a person who was severely burned after being set on fire.

Police are searching for a suspect accused of setting an elderly man on fire in Honolulu’s Chinatown on Tuesday morning.

Man charged for setting beloved, five-decade-old Massachusetts Chinese restaurant on fire

Massachusetts Chinese restaurant fire
  • Wind Tiki, a nearly five-decade-old Chinese restaurant in Webster, Massachusetts, was set ablaze in the early morning of March 18.
  • Two other restaurants were targeted at around the same time.
  • Surveillance videos in the Thompson Road area helped police identify Joel Batista-Viera, 42, as a suspect.
  • Batista-Viera surrendered on Wednesday and was subsequently charged with multiple offenses.
  • Wind Tiki had been a local staple since the 1970s, drawing generations of families as its patrons.

A man has been arrested and charged in connection with a three-alarm fire that destroyed a beloved Chinese restaurant in Webster, Massachusetts, earlier this month.

Joel Batista-Viera, 42, allegedly broke into and set Wind Tiki at 154 Thompson Road on fire at around 2 a.m. on March 18. The restaurant reportedly closed at 8:30 p.m. the night before and no one was inside at the time of the incident.

Frustrated man in China sets fire to ‘slow’ internet cables, causes days-long internet shutdown for thousands

slow internet cable fire
  • A Chinese man took out his frustration on a public telecommunications box with optical fiber network cables by setting it on fire with a lighter and a napkin.
  • The man was allegedly aggravated because of the “slow” connection of the Internet cafe he was in.
  • The damage caused several buildings in the area — including a public hospital and 4,000 households and offices — to lose their internet connection for up to two days.
  • He has been sentenced to seven years in jail for "destroying public telecommunications facilities."

A Chinese court has sentenced a man to seven years of imprisonment for allegedly setting a telecommunications box on fire because the Internet was reportedly “slow.”

The man, only identified by his surname Lan, was sentenced on Monday for the incident that occurred in China’s autonomous region of Guangxi in June 2021, according to Agence France-Presse via The Straits Times.

Arsonist Burns Down Landmark Chinese Restaurant, 9 Other Businesses in California City

Up to 10 businesses — including a landmark Chinese restaurant — have been reduced to ashes in a series of “suspicious” fires in Hollister, California on Monday.

The Hollister Fire Department first received a report of a burning car on Santa Ana Rd. and East St. around 1:55 a.m. A few minutes later, another car fire was reported on East St. and Second St.