An electrical fire tore through a national heritage temple in the central province of Nghe An on Monday.
The fire began at 9 a.m. at the back of Nhan Thap Temple which has been a national historical heritage since 1993.
Firefighters reported that the flames claimed several relics, including a throne, statutes and royal documents.
Locals put out the fire in half an hour with buckets and basins of water.
Their efforts were challenged by hot weather and the highly flammable wooden temple materials.
Nhan Thap was built during the Ly Dynasty (1009–1225) to worship prince Ly Nhat Quang, a virtue mandarin from Nghe An Province and the eighth child of King Ly Thai To who started the longest and most glorious dynasty in the country’s feudal period.
Security in Nghe An was established and maintained under his jurisdiction. Historical documents did not record his year of birth but he died in 1057.
The temple is dedicated to worshiping the Holy Mothers, a common idol found at Vietnamese temples and crowded by pilgrims and visitors every year.