Driver injured as taxi catches fire in southern Vietnam

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A taxi driver was critically injured when his car caught fire in Ho Chi Minh City early Wednesday morning, local news website VnExpress reported.

According to the news site, Phan Duc Hoa, 33, was sleeping inside the Vinasun taxi, which was parking in front of a gasoline station in District 12, when the fire broke out.

Upon discovering the fire, passers-by shouted for help, alarming other taxi drivers who were sleeping near Hoa's vehicle, the news website said. They quickly drove their cars out of the site to avoid the fire, which flared up and threatened to spread to the fuel station a few meters away.

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Meanwhile, Hoa was stuck inside the car, so locals had to break the car's back door to get him out of the taxi and extinguish the fire, VnExpress reported.

Hoa was rushed to a local hospital with heavy burns. His car was totally damaged inside, it said.

The case is being investigated.

Since last year, Vietnam has recorded nearly 100 vehicular fires across the country, half of which remains mysterious.

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