6 perish in Ipoh entertainment centre fire this morning


IPOH (Feb 20): Six people were killed when a fire broke out in an entertainment centre in Ipoh, the Perak Fire & Rescue Department said.

The dead were four men, one of whom is believed to be a Bangladeshi, and two women, both believed to be Vietnamese, said a spokesman, adding that one man was in critical condition.

He said firefighters responded to a call at 5.49am reporting a fire on the fourth floor of the entertainment centre in Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin Shah.

The spokesman said medical officers confirmed that two men, aged 36 and 37, died from asphyxiation.

Three of the dead victims were found in a washroom and the one was found in the karaoke lounge, he said.

A 39-year-old man is in critical condition, he added.

The spokesman said 39 firefighters were deployed to the centre, where they were confronted with thick smoke in the building. They rescued some of the people who were trapped,among whom were 10 locals, he said.

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