Nine killed in Taiwan pub blaze

Nine people were killed and 12 injured in a blaze that gutted a pub in central Taiwan, firefighters said.

Last Updated: Mar 06, 2011, 13:38 PM IST

Taipei: Nine people were killed and 12
injured in a blaze that gutted a pub in central Taiwan early
on Sunday, firefighters and police said.

Initial investigations showed that the fire, one of the
worst in several years in Taiwan may have been caused when a
dancer was using sparklers during a show at the pub in
Taichung city.

The blaze was swiftly extinguished, but firemen
discovered nine charred bodies in the building.

Twelve people were rushed to nearby hospitals for
treatment and all but one were released later, a firefighter
said.

The dancer and the pub owner were detained for
questioning.

PTI