Three dead, 87 injured after bar collapses in south China
Three people were killed and 87 others injured after the roof of a night bar collapsed early on Monday morning, 20 May 2019, in the city of Bose, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. As of Monday noon, four people remained trapped. Rescuers, however, equipped with life detectors and search and rescue dogs, have found no signs of life at the site of the accident, said the regional emergency management department. The bar, with a space of 700 square metres, was located on the top floor of a three-storey steel-framed building, in Youjiang District. About 30 emergency vehicles and more than 200 fire fighters were sent to the scene, the official Weibo account of the fire and rescue service said. Fire fighters used demolition equipment to dismantle the remains of the roof.
Local police and fire departments sent around 260 people to help with rescue efforts after the accident happened at around 1h00 on Monday.
A total of 90 people had been rescued and sent to the hospital for treatment, the department said. Three of them died after treatment failed, one is in critical condition and 16 are severely injured, said the department. Of those who were slightly injured, 17 remained in hospital for further observation and 53 have been discharged from the hospital after wound debridement, it said.
Both the national and regional health authorities have sent medical expert teams to guide treatment of the injured.
The National Health Commission sent a six-member team of medical experts to guide treatment of the injured on site.
The bar owner has been held by the police, authorities said. An employee who had been working in the bar told Beijing Youth Daily that a power failure preceded the collapse. The emergency lights were activated but because it was raining, many people who intended to leave were forced to stay. The worker said he only escaped to safety because he was near the entrance when the roof collapsed.
Lu Xinshe, Party secretary of the region, urged the government to go all out to rescue the trapped and injured and to determine the cause of the collapse as soon as possible.
The bar, the 0776Plus Club, has floor space of 700 square metres on the top floor of a three-storey steel-framed building. Long Hai, a customer who has been to the bar before said its opening in January was a small sensation. "At that time we often saw its workers delivering leaflets promoting the bar's opening and touting its 20 million yuan ($2,9 million) price tag. I have been there once and the decorations and equipment are truly impressive," Long said.
Source: China Plus and China Daily