Nine people died and 12 were injured during a fire at a Taichung nightclub early this morning.
According to what I see on TV, a performer during a ‘mengnan’ show (sort of a male strip show) lost control over a kind of torch, which hit the ceiling and turned the place into hell.
The club had only recently passed fire safety reviews, but putting on shows involving torches and other fire-related implements was explicitly banned. Some TV stations also say the place did not have a license to sell alcohol.
I still can’t figure out the name of the club, some reports call it Ala, others have a name in Chinese characters which looks vaguely like it could be Jack Daniels. For those of you who know Taichung, it’s on a street called Zhongxing.
Reminds me of the big KTV fires back in the early 90s.