Four people of a family were killed in a fire that broke out in a shop selling housewares in Ho Chi Minh City early Friday.
Neighbors said they heard people shouting for help at Tan Phu Gia store on Luy Ban Bich Street in Tan Phu District at around 3:50 a.m.
They struggled in vain to extinguish the fire with water before fire trucks arrived.
Five people of the family were sleeping in the two-story building, but an elderly woman managed to get out. The victims' identities were not immediately unavailable.
The family reportedly leased out the ground floor to the store and lived on the first floor. Colonel Le Tan Buu, director of the city Firefighting Department, said the fire was extinguished at around 6 a.m.
The police are investigating the cause of the fire.