Police in the southern Vietnamese province of Binh Duong arrested the 42-year-old owner of the karaoke venue in Thuan An City, where an inferno had killed 32 people earlier this month, for an investigation into the case, a source told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Friday.
Le Anh Xuan, 42, living in Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City that borders Binh Duong, has been kept in temporary custody for four months and prosecuted for violating fire prevention and fighting regulations.
The People’s Procuracy of Binh Duong approved these prosecution and detention orders.
Police officers also searched Xuan’s residence.
The arrest came ten days after a fire broke out at around 8:15 pm on September 6 at An Phu karaoke parlor in Thuan An City, for which Xuan had received a business license in 2016.
Around 60 customers and employees were inside the three-story parlor at the time.
Investigations showed that the fire started from a short circuit at the ceiling of the second floor, then empty, and spread to the third floor.
Many people had to jump off a balcony on the second floor to get to safety while dozens were injured and 32 people died.
It took rescuers one day to take all the bodies out of the scene.
All past inspections concluded that the parlor satisfied fire safety standards.