13 killed in fire at karaoke bar in southern Vietnam

A fire at a karaoke bar killed 13 people in southern Vietnam on Tuesday night.

Vietnamese police said that the fire broke out after 8 p.m. in Binh Duong province near the country's largest city, Ho Chi Minh.

The blaze was extinguished later. More than 10 other people were injured and are being treated at hospital.

The cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed. Police are continuing with their investigation.

Local media hinted at the possibility that the fire spread across foam soundproofing and other materials. It is also reported that the emergency exit was blocked.

In Vietnam, three firefighters were killed in a fire at another karaoke bar in the capital Hanoi last month, raising concerns over lax fire-prevention measures at such facilities.