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    Fire at karaoke parlour in southern Vietnam kills 14

    HANOI, VIETNAM (AP) – At least 14 people died in a fire that broke out at a karaoke parlour in southern Vietnam, local media reported yesterday.

    At least 40 other people were injured in the fire at the four-story venue in Thuan An city in the province of Binh Duong that began at about 9pm on Tuesday, trapping staff and customers inside, according to reports on the websites of Tuoi Tre newspaper and other Vietnamese media.

    They said the fire was under control within an hour but still smoldering yesterday, more than 12 hours later.

    The reports said some people were injured from asphyxiation and others with broken limbs when they jumped from upper floors to try to escape the fire.

    Firefighters using ladders from their trucks managed to rescue others.

    Provincial authorities said they were investigating the cause of the blaze, which broke out on the second or third floor.

    Enforcement of safety standards at entertainment venues in many parts of Southeast Asia is sometimes lax and believed to contribute to multiple deaths in case of fires.

    Firefighters at the scene of a deadly fire that engulfed a karaoke parlour in Binh Duong province, north of Ho Chi Minh City. PHOTO: AFP
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