Another fire hits notorious Hanoi construction site

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Another fire broke out at the construction site of what is slated to be Vietnam's highest building in Hanoi Saturday, but no casualties were recorded, VnExpress reported.

The newswire quoted a witness as saying that the fire started at around 2.30 p.m. and thick smoke immediately began rising from the highest floor of the seven-floor parking building, part of the Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower complex.

The complex includes a 70-floor building, which is expected to be the tallest in Vietnam, and 17th highest in the world, when it is completed.

According to witnesses, a couple of minutes before the fire broke out, workers had installed air-conditioners on the floor.

The fire was extinguished about a half hour later.

The US$1 billion construction project began in March 2007 and has since become infamous for its poor safety record.

In March last year, Hanoi authorities launched an investigation into the construction site following the death of six workers two in February and four in July 2009.

Also that month, a fire broke out on the 25th floor of the tower.

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Seven months later, a piece of debris fell from the site and severely injured a woman who was passing below.

In November last year, a fire also broke out at the tower's first floor

The Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City is currently the country's tallest building with 68 stories. It is also the first building in Vietnam to have a helipad.

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