A timber factory in Can Tho that burned down early Saturday morning has reportedly caused losses worth
more than VND10 billion (US$526,300).
The fire broke out at about 3a.m. and was put out after two and a half hours because the area has no water sources for firefighting hoses to plug in, the Bao Dat Viet (Viet land's newspaper) reported.
A large amount of wood and machines were destroyed by the fire, but there were no human casualties, the report said.
The factory, owned by Nguyen Van Chien, had more than 200 cubic meters of wood in stock, half of which was precious and worth more than VND5 billion.
Four neighboring houses were slightly damaged by the fire.
Police are investigating the cause of the fire.
Also on Saturday, a fire caused by electrical leakage burnt down four houses in Can Tho, the Vietnam News Agency reported.
It started at one house at around 11:30 a.m. and quickly spread to others in the hot and dry weather. The fire caused damage worth hundreds of millions of dong, local reports said.