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10 killed in Indonesian club fire

2010-06-26 17:40

Surabaya - Ten people were killed in a fire that raced through a packed nightclub in Indonesia's second largest city, including a mother and the baby she apparently gave birth to during the tragedy.

An Australian and a Japanese national also were among the dead, said police Lt Col Bahagia Dachi. Some witnesses told officers a spark from a cigarette triggered the Friday blaze.

The Redboxx Cafe erupted in flames at 03:30 as hundreds of people filled the club in downtown Surabaya, some to watch the World Cup football game.

It took firefighters several hours to bring the blaze under control. Dachi said five victims were in critical condition at local hospital.

A mother who apparently gave birth during the fire and the baby were both found dead, he said. Trauma can sometimes induce labor.

Dachi said the death toll could rise because rescuers were still searching for possible victims under the collapsed roof of the cafe on the second floor.

He added police had identified the bodies of two men as 36-year-old Japanese Yoshifumi Ciba, and Peter Lee, a 35-year-old Australian. Both worked at Indonesian companies. Embassies in Jakarta were working with authorities to confirm their identities.