Cameroon nightclub fire on Sunday night have reportedly killed at least 17 Clubbers and left many more in critical conditions, needing medical attention.
Officials confirmed on Sunday that a fire at a popular nightclub in Yaounde, Cameroon’s capital, resulted in the deaths of at least 17 individuals.
The fire started at the Livs Nightclub in the Bastos neighborhood, according to a government statement.
In addition to the deaths, other persons were hurt and sent to the hospital, according to the report.
Clubbers initially mistook the short-circuit for a fireworks display, according to workers. The explosions occurred after the fire extended to a storage area for cooking gas, sparking panic, according to the workers.
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The catastrophe occurred during the month-long African Football Cup of Nations tournament in the Central African country. Thousands of players, supporters, and match officials from all around Africa have traveled to the country to compete.
The government stated that investigations were still underway to determine the victims’ names and nationalities.
Cameroonian President Paul Biya issued a statement calling for calm and assuring players and fans of their safety. The tournament, which featured teams from 24 countries, was initially set to take place in 2021 but was postponed because of the Corona Virus pandemic.