'Nine dead' in fire at South Korea karaoke bar

Rescue workers carry an injured person on a stretcher from a karaoke bar where a fire broke out in Busan, South Korea The casualties are believed to have been caused by smoke inhalation

A fire at a karaoke bar in the South Korean city of Busan has left at least nine people dead, according to police.

The dead are thought to include three Sri Lankan nationals, local media reports say.

Twenty five others were injured in the fire, which is reported to have broken out on Saturday evening.

Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang before smoke filled the bar. The cause of the fire is under investigation by police.

"Firefighters believe the fire might have been caused by a short circuit," a police spokesman told Agence France Presse.

Customers at the bar were unable to find exits due to smoke, police told the Yonhap news agency.

All of the victims died from inhaling toxic gases, police say.

One of the injured is reported to be in a serious condition, but none of the others is believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries.

About 20 fire trucks and 100 firefighters battled the fire and extinguished it around 22:00 local time on Saturday (13:00 GMT), Yonhap reports.

More on This Story

More Asia stories

RSS

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.