Some parts in the cabin of the Nissan Bluebird driven by actress Le Khanh was burned by a mysterious fire on February 22
The apparently endless nightmare for motorbike and car in Vietnam continued as another mysterious fire consumed the car of an actress on a Ho Chi Minh City street Wednesday (February 22).
The incident occurred at around 6:10 p.m. when actress Le Khanh was driving a four-seater Nissan Bluebird on the Huyen Tran Cong Chua - Nguyen Du junction in District 1 with a friend inside.
According to Khanh, while the car was running, she saw smoke coming out of the air conditioner.
Khanh and her friend pulled over and got out of the car immediately. Meanwhile, smoke continued to rise and fire blazed up from the steering wheel.
Passers-by, taxi drivers and security guards of a nearby hotel rushed to the site and brought fire extinguishers to put out the fire.
The fire was brought under control three minutes later. Some parts in the cabin of the car were burned.
District 1 police officers then showed up to regulate traffic, as the incident caused traffic congestion, and collected information to investigate the fire.
Khanh said she had bought the car three years ago and there had been no previous technical problems with the car.
The car was last filled up at a filling station on District 3's Vo Thi Sau - Pasteur conjunction on February 14, she said.
More than 100 vehicle fires have occurred in Vietnam since last year, over half of which remain unexplained.
Poor quality gasoline has emerged as the main suspect, but there has been no official verdict yet on the issue.
Among the unexplained cases is a Mai Linh taxi which caught fire while it was parked in the front yard of a house belonging to Tran Quang Han, a resident in the north-central province of Nghe An at around 4 a.m. on February 21.