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Karaoke parlours and bars closed in Hanoi over fire risk

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Hanoi has suspended over 1,100 karaoke parlours and bars over the past two months due to insufficient fire safety measures, according to local reports.

During a conference on fire safety held by the Hanoi People’s Committee, Pham Trung Hieu, head of the Firefighting and Rescue Office of Hanoi Police Department, said that there are over 1,500 karaoke parlors, bars and dance clubs in the city, the Cong An Nhan Dan newspaper reported. Following two months of checking facilities in the city for fire safety measures, Hanoi suspended over 1,100.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh in September requested the Ministry of Public Security and other related agencies to conduct fire safety inspections, focusing on karaoke parlors, crowded enterprises and apartment buildings.

The request came after a deadly fire at a karaoke parlor in Thuan An Town of Binh Duong Province killed 32 people on September 6, and over a month after three firefighters died trying to put out a fire at a karaoke parlor in Hanoi’s Cau Giay District. 

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