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13 detained after deadly China nightclub fire

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  • At least 43 dead, 88 injured in fire at a nightclub in China's Guangdong province
  • Blaze apparently ignited by fireworks as spectators watched dance show
  • Many hurt in a stampede as the crowd tried to escape
  • Police detain 12 people in connection with the incident
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(CNN) -- Authorities have detained 13 people after a nightclub fire in southern China killed 43 and injured 88, state media said Monday.

The fire happened at an unlicensed club, the state-run China Daily newspaper said. The club's legal representative, general manager, vice general manager, safety officer, technician and performers were detained, the newspaper reported.

Fifty-nine of the injured were still hospitalized Sunday, including four in critical condition.

The fire, apparently ignited by fireworks, started at about 11 p.m. Saturday in China's Guangdong province. It was reminiscent of a much larger 2003 blaze in the United States that killed 100 people at a club in Rhode Island during a rock performance.

Another nightclub fire in China, in 1990, killed 309 people in the city of Luoyang, in central China's Hunan province. And a theater fire in northwestern China killed 325 people in December 1994.

China Daily said spectators were watching a performance at the "Kind of the Dancers" club in Shenzen city when the fire broke out shortly before 11 p.m.

Many of the wounded were hurt in a stampede as the crowd tried to escape the third-floor club using a narrow staircase, the newspaper said.

An initial investigation revealed that fireworks used during the show started the blaze, the newspaper said.

In the Rhode Island fire, the then-road manager for the rock band Great White set off fireworks, which ignited foam insulation behind the stage and ultimately engulfed the crowded building.

Earlier this year, a similar incident killed 14 concert-goers in Ecuador.

The victims were watching a local rock band play at a nightclub in Quito in April. The fireworks were a planned part of the show, and officials deemed the incident an accident.

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