A foreign-owned factory in Hai Phong city and a portion of the neighboring property were destroyed in a fire Sunday evening that blazed away for nearly eight hours.
Aroma Bay Candles, which was around 3,000 meter squares in size, was totally destroyed, as was a 1,000-meter portion of the Vinh Chan Toy Company’s storage area next door, authorities said.
The fire began at the Chinese-owned candle factory at around 7 pm Sunday. More than 600 firemen and dozens of fire trucks were mobilized, but it took until 2:30 this morning to put out the blaze.
There were no casualties though several firemen passed out from the smoke, while officials estimated the losses at tens of billions of dong.
All company bosses had left for China for the weekend and could not be reached for comment.
A fireman passes out in the battle with a fierce fire that broke out at Chinese–owned Aroma Bay Candles in Hai Phong city Sunday evening. Photo credit: Baoxaydung
The flames destroy the Aroma Bay Candles factory