Factory of Chinese provider for Samsung burns

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Fire fighters survey the damage from a blaze at the Mobase factory in Bac Ninh Province January 5. Photo by Thai Son

A factory in northern Vietnam owned by Mobase, a Chinese firm that makes accessories for Samsung, caught fire Sunday.

The fire was put out after four hours at nearly 4 p.m. by 15 trucks and 300 fire police, including reinforcements from nearby Hanoi.

Around 200 Mobase employees were working at the time the blaze broke out, but they were all safely evacuated.

Guard Nguyen Van Duc told news website VnExpress the fire started in a warehouse and spread fast thanks to flammable materials like industrial leather for making phone and computer boxes.

The heat deformed many parts of the factory that occupies 3.5 hectares at Tien Phong industrial zone. Most portions of the factory completely collapsed.

Police are investigating the cause of the fire, and guarding the site to prevent looting.

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