With fire shows like this on a cramped, squalid stage, what could possibly go wrong?
According to the AP/Yahoo!:
Fire broke out in a Moscow striptease club [named "911"] early Sunday, killing 10 people, an Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman said.
The cause of the blaze had not been determined, but some witnesses said it broke out during a "fire show" that was part of the club's nightly entertainment, said Yevgeny Bobylev, a spokesman for the Moscow division of the Ministry.
The preliminary accounts indicated that a performer in the show inadvertently set his clothing on fire and that in turn ignited a nearby one-gallon container of flammable liquid, Bobylev said.
The club blaze draws new attention to Russia's severe problem with fire deaths. Some 17,000 people died in fires last year, according the Emergency Ministry -- a rate several times higher than seen in Western countries. Officials say poor enforcement of fire regulations, improper construction and lax attention all contribute to the high rate.
Fires caused by lax attention? According to media reports, it was suspected that this factory fire was caused by a drunk person. Preposterous.