Cameroon govt says 16 killed in nightclub fire

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The Cameroon government says 16 people have been killed in nightclub fire.
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  • Sixteen people have been killed in a fire caused by fireworks at a Cameroon nightclub.
  • The country is currently hosting the African Cup of Nations football tournament.
  • The fire consumed Liv's Nigh Club building ceilings, resulting in two loud explosions.


Cameroon's government said Sunday that 16 people were killed in a fire caused by fireworks in a nightclub in the capital Yaounde, the tragedy occurring as the nation hosts the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament.

"The initial report shows 16 dead and eight seriously injured" after the "accidental fire" broke out Saturday night, the communications ministry said in a statement.

The fire engulfed the main room of Liv's Night Club in the capital's upmarket Bastos district, home to embassies and diplomat residences.

"The tragedy, which was caused by explosions from the fireworks often used in these places, first consumed the building's ceiling, resulting in two very loud explosions, causing panic and a stampede," the ministry said.

"When we arrived it was a panic, there was a strong fire with lots of smoke," an official with the firefighters told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"We counted 16 dead and five injured," the official added.

A security guard present for the fire said that "it happened very quickly".

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"It was a little after 02:00 and most customers arrive around 03:00... there are many victims," the security guard said.

There were some burnt objects out the front of the club that suggested a fire, but the building's facade was not destroyed or charred, an AFP journalist said.

Cameroon is hosting the AFCON tournament despite regular violence in the country's west, where English-speaking militants declared independence from the majority French-speaking country in 2017.

Both the separatists and government forces have been accused of atrocities in the fighting, which has claimed more than 3 000 lives and forced over 700 000 to flee their homes.


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