Fire in Indonesian Karaoke bar kills 17 and injures more than 70 others

Fire in Indonesian Karaoke bar kills 17 and injures more than 70 others

17 people have died and more than 70 others have been injured following a fire at a packed Karaoke bar in Indonesia.

All 17 who died were Indonesian. Most died from smoke inhalation rather than burns

32 others were taken to hospital when the flames ripped through the crowded club in Manado on Sulawesi Island.

It is reported the fire broke out on the second floor of a three story building in the city of Manado at around 1am Sunday morning.

According to local police, at the time of the blaze, the building was packed with people singing in private rooms.

He said some panicked people smashed windows and fled into the street, while many others were stuck in black smoke billowing from the second floor as there was only one access door to the building.

Firefighters took several hours to bring the fire under control.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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