Report: 17 dead, multiple injured after fireworks set Cameroon nightclub ablaze

Horror played out in West Africa over the weekend when a fire at a popular nightclub left 17 dead and many more injured.

The Washington Examiner reports that on Sunday, an inferno engulfed Liv’s Nightclub, located in Yaounde, the capital city of Cameroon.

Rene Emmanuel Sadi, a spokesperson for the Cameroonian government, said the blaze was caused by fireworks that were set off nearby.

“The tragedy, which was caused by the explosions from fireworks regularly used in these places, first consumed the ceiling of the building and then caused two strong explosions,” Sadi declared, according to the Examiner.

Tragedy in Cameroon

In its report, the Examiner noted that the tragedy came as Cameroon is currently hosting the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament.

The event began on Jan. 9 and features participants from some 24 countries. Known as Africa’s largest athletic competition, it was originally scheduled to take place last year, but was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cameroon President Paul Biya is said to have made reference to the deadly fire in a statement calling for vigilance so as “to avoid the occurrence of this kind of disaster, especially when our country is hosting a large-scale sporting event.”

New York also battles blazes

Cameroon is hardly the only place to be struck by deadly fires in recent weeks. According to Fox News, a New York City apartment fire also claimed the lives of 17 people earlier this month.

The deaths reportedly occurred when flames erupted in a 19-story building located in the Bronx’s Fordham Heights neighborhood. The building apparently was not equipped with sprinklers or fire escapes.

New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed in an email to Fox News that the blaze appeared to be accidental and the result of a “malfunctioning space heater.”

“Yesterday’s fire in the Bronx is an unspeakable tragedy, but I promise New York City will be there to help our neighbors through it,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams said when promoting a relief fund for the victims.

“The City stands ready to give impacted families all the support they need — it’s what we do,” Adams added. “Every dollar given to the Mayor’s Fund will go directly to those affected by the fire; please give if you can, and together we will get through this.”

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