Fires consume warehouses, restaurants in Vietnam capital

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Two fires broke out in Hanoi on Saturday night, ravaging the warehouses of a logistics company and a furniture company located in an industrial park and engulfing an array of restaurants and garages in the city downtown.
By the time firefighters managed to almost put out the blaze at 2am Sunday, it had already engulfed the warehouses of the Japanese-invested Nippon Express Vietnam Company and the local Woodsland Company, which are both located in the Quang Minh Industrial Park in Me Linh District.
Inflammable materials such as furniture and paint in the warehouses may have fueled the blaze, which broke out at around 6:30pm and raged an area of around 12,000 square meters, said Colonel Nguyen Van Son, deputy director of the Hanoi Firefighting Police Department.
17 fire engines and over 200 firefighters were dispatched to the scene. No human casualties have been reported as of press time. Material damages were expected to hit tens of billions of dong (VND1 billion is equivalent to US$47,100).
Further investigations to ascertain the exact cause of fire are underway.

Fire engulfed the warehouses of the Japanese-invested Nippon Express Vietnam Company and the local Woodsland Company, which are both located in the Quang Minh Industrial Park in Me Linh District. Photo: Ha An
On the same night, another fire also broke out at around 9:45pm on Duong Dinh Nghe Street, which is very close to Keangnam, Hanoi’s tallest building, setting an array of restaurants and garages there ablaze.
The blaze began from a garage and quickly spread to others and restaurants on the street, forcing local residents and diners to flee.
It took firefighters who rushed to the scene in 10 fire engines two hours to extinguish the blaze.
No human casualties have been reported. The cause of fire has also remained unknown.
Fires, including deadly ones, are common in Vietnam and are generally blamed on a lack of fire-safety measures.
 
 
Video and photos credit: Vietnam Plus

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