Karaoke bar blaze kills 18 in China

Published: April 24, 2018 at 1:36 AM

Ray Downs

April 24 (UPI) -- A fire at a karaoke bar killed 18 people Tuesday in the Chinese province of Guangdong, police said.

The fire took nearly 30 minutes to put out. Little was left of the three-story structure once firefighters got the blaze under control, The New York Times reported.

In addition to the deaths, five people were injured.

"According to a preliminary investigation, the blaze was arson," Qingyuan police said in a statement. "Currently, the public security authorities are stepping up their investigation."

Police said the main suspect is a man who got into an argument with patrons before he allegedly set the fire and blocked the only entrance with his motorcycle.

According to Xinhua, there is a $32,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

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