19 dead in Karaoke Bar fire after violent gang scrap and death toll may rise

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At least 19 people have died after a karaoke bar in Indonesia following a brawl between rival groups.

The incident occurred in the Double O nightclub in West Papua in Indonesia following a fight between youth rival gangs in the area.

One person has reportedly been fatally stabbed in the fight early on Tuesday before the venue was set on fire with 18 people trapped inside, a police official said.

One of the dead was a member of the groups that clashed Monday night at the club in Sorong city and 18 bodies were found after the fire,

Adam Erwini, a spokesman for West Papua police said: "Fights among youths in cities are normal, but that it has caused so many deaths, that is a first,"

He has issued that it is unclear whether the death toll would rise as the incident is still under investigation.

Dedi Prasetyo, a spokesman for Indonesia's national police said the brawl was between two rival gangs from the neighbouring island of Maluku.

A picture shared of the karaoke bar reveals it to be completely engulfed by the fire, with people hiding behind a car for protection against the flames.

Another picture includes the aftermath of the blaze with the completely fire taken out and it being in broad daylight.

In the second picture, the interior of the building remains completely black from the fire – it is unsure at what time the photo had been taken.

Police are still investigating what caused the clash and whether the fire was set or was accidental.

Adam Erwini added that along with the investigation, police officers were meeting the main figures of the two groups to make for more conducive conditions.

In another picture shared reveals the nightclub to be burnt do

Police and Indonesian military officers were in control in the area.

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