Fire damages mahouts' house in last Vietnamese king's residence

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Firemen tries to put out the flames at a house inside the precinct which used to be a private residence of King Bao Dai. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAN TRI.
A house in the residence complex of King Bao Dai (1913-1997), the last king of Vietnam, in the Central Highlands of Vietnam caught fire this morning. No one was hurt.
The house was used to accomodate the king's mahouts. All interior wood structure was destroyed, according to firefighters. The king's palace in the complex, which has become the museum of Daklak Province, was not damaged.
Witnesses said the fire began from an electrical interrupter and quickly spread through the house, burning out the wood roof.
It took local firefighters 30 minutes to put out the flames.
The mahouts' house is located in the 7-hectare private residence, which was rebuilt from a French ambassador’s stilted house by King Bao Dai in 1940. He was the 13th and final emperor of the Nguyễn dynasty, the last ruling family of Vietnam.
Bao Dai reportedly kept about 40 elephants to serve his hunting hobby.
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