(IP)- At least 16 people have died, and eight others were injured early on Sunday in a fire at a disco in Cameroon's upmarket district, Yaounde.

Iran PressAfrica: Cameroon's Communications Ministry said that a fire that broke out in a nightclub in Yaounde's Bastos district during the early hours of Sunday has killed at least 16 people and injured eight others. 

The tragedy hit in the main room of Liv's Night Club in an upscale area of Cameroon's capital. 

Investigations are still ongoing into the incident, although the government indicated it might have been caused by "fireworks" used in the club. 

"The tragedy, which was caused by explosions from the fireworks often used in these places, first consumed the building's ceiling, resulting in two very loud explosions, causing panic and a stampede," the ministry said. 

The Bastos district is home to embassies and luxury homes where ambassadors and diplomats reside. 

The fire occurred as the country hosted the African continent's top football tournament, the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). 


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