China Birthday Party Blaze Kills 15 In Bar: Media
Fifteen people suffocated when a fire sparked by birthday fireworks swept through a bar and restaurant in eastern China, state media said on Sunday, in an accident similar to one last September which killed 44.
Seventeen people were injured in the blaze in Fujian province on Saturday night, Xinhua news agency said.
The Latin-style bar and restaurant in Changle was set ablaze just before midnight, when about 10 young men and women celebrating a birthday set off fireworks at their table, Xinhua said.
“The festive explosive set the ceiling on fire and the entire place was soon engulfed in flames,” it quoted a local government spokesman as saying.