A Christmas Day blaze in a bar in the southern Chinese city of Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, has killed 26 people and injured at least eight.
Deadly fires occur frequently in public places in China
The cause of the fire is unclear, but some reports say fallen disco lights or a gas blast could have been to blame.
Many of the injured suffered severe burns and were taken to a local hospital, Hong Kong Cable TV reported.
The Associated Press news agency quoted a local Communist party official as saying the bar was operating illegally.
The official said the bar's owner had been detained for questioning, AP reported.
A woman working at a nearby restaurant told Cable TV that it was a popular bar and would probably have been crowded because of Christmas - an increasingly popular celebration for young partygoers in officially atheist China.
Zhongshan is part of the prosperous Pearl River Delta region and abuts the former Portuguese colony of Macau west of Hong Kong.
Fires are a frequent occurrence in bars, hotels and discos in China.
At Christmas 2000, a fire blamed on a welding accident tore through a disco in the central city of Luoyang, killing 309 revellers.