2 children die in Hai Phong joss-paper shop fire

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Firefighters extinguish the fire at the joss paper shop in Hai Phong on Sunday. Photo credit: Tien La/Tuoi Tre Firefighters extinguish the fire at the joss paper shop in Hai Phong on Sunday. Photo credit: Tien La/Tuoi Tre

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Police are investigating a fire that killed 2 children, including the owner’s son, on Sunday at a joss paper shop in the northern port city of Hai Phong.
The victims are Do Hoang Anh, 11, the son of the shop owner Do Van Thanh 47, and and his cousin Nguyen Van Huy, 8.
They were watching television upstairs and no adults were at home when the fire started in the ground floor at around 8 a.m., witnesses said.
The flames spread to the first floor before fire engines reached the scene.
Firefighters later found the bodies of the two children, who allegedly died to smoke inhalation.
An Lao District authorities have supported each family with VND5 million (US$222) for funeral.

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