Fierce flames heavily damaged a 71-year-old stone building in Da Lat, the Central Highlands town dubbed "little Paris" for its French colonial architecture early this morning.
It took firefighters more than four hours to put out the fire, but a third of the four-storey building, which belongs to the Da Lat Map Printing Factory, was almost burnt down. No casualty was reported.
Le Van Dac, who lives in Yersin St., said he was waken up at around 1.30 a.m. by the sounds of multiple explosions from the building, located on 14 Yersin St.
He informed firefighters as heavy flames and smoke were coming through the roof.
Ten local fire engines as well as those from Lien Khuong Airport arrived at the scene half an hour later. The blaze was under control at 6.30 a.m.
Representatives of Da Lat Map Printing Factory said the fire destroyed its administrative and design offices, and part of the roof was burnt out. Fortunately, printing machines were not damaged.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.