18 dead in China building fire, arson suspected
Tehran (KNA) - A fire tore through a karaoke lounge in southern China on Tuesday, killing 18 people and injuring another five in what authorities suspect was an arson attack.
The blaze took place after midnight in a three-story building in Qingyuan City, Guangdong Province, and was put out shortly before 1:00 am local time, according to police.
A preliminary investigation found that the fire was caused by arson, the Qingyuan public security department said on its Weibo social media account.
"The public security authorities are stepping up their investigation," the authorities in Qingyuan said.