Twenty houses were gutted in a blaze in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang on Saturday, with initial damage estimates placing the loss at VND3 billion (US$159,000). No human casualties were reported.
The flames started at around 10 a.m. at the My Thanh Ward in Long Xuyen Town.
Nguyen Dinh Hoang, deputy head of An Giang's fire prevention and fighting department, said seven fire engines and dozens of firefighters were mobilized to the site but it took one hour and a half to extinguish the blaze as it occurred in a small alley.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the incident.
Thirteen fires have broken out in An Giang so far this year, damaging 63 houses, one hotel room, and 7,400 square meters of forest. These blazes have caused losses estimated at more than VND7.3 billion ($387,000), two times higher than in the final quarter of last year.