Police in the southern Vietnamese province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau have launched an investigation into a case where one person was killed and six others injured after the ceiling of a local nightclub collapsed onto them during renovation work.
The accident occurred at King Night Club in Ba Ria City on Friday afternoon, Nguyen Tien Phuong, an official from the municipal Party Committee, confirmed at a press meeting on Saturday.
The deceased victim was identified as Pham Kim Linh, 28, who hailed from the north-central province of Thanh Hoa.
Six other people were injured, of whom three suffered broken arms, legs, and head injuries.
|King Night Club following the accident where a ceiling collapsed on renovation workers on December 3, 2019. Photo: Dong Ha / Tuoi Tre|
According to preliminary information, the club was granted with an operating permit from the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Department of Planning and Investments in 2011.
The venue was shut down in August 2019 for renovation.
On the day of the incident, a group of workers were installing the lighting system to prepare for the reopening when the ceiling collapsed.
|A collapsed roof of the King Night Club in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, Vietnam is pictured on December 4, 2019. Photo: Dong Ha / Tuoi Tre|
Firefighting officers later arrived at the location to bring the victims out of the rubble and take them to the hospital for emergency treatment.
Several reporters said they were threatened by hostile men when they tried to film and take photos of the incident.
Further investigation is ongoing.