Flames take US $1 million toll in central Vietnam trade village

By Khanh Hoan, Thanh Nien News

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Almost two thousand people managed to extinguish the fierce flames that engulfed 16 workshops at a tile and brick trade village in the central province of Nghe An last week.

No one was hurt in the fire.

Two thousands locals were mobilized to the Cua Brick and Tile Village in the Tan Ky district. Without any professional firefighting equipment, they used buckets of water collected at nearby ponds, from hand to hand, to put out the flames.

Others climbed up into the brick-drying trellises to keep the bamboo wattles way from the flames.

Strong southern winds and noontime weather in excess of more than 40 degrees Celsius  made their efforts all the more difficult.

After a 40-minute battle, the fire was nearly out.
Damage to the structure has been estimated at around VND 20 billion (nearly a US$1 million). A total of 16 workshops including 16 brick kilns, 10 air-drying trellises and dozens of machines were lost in the flames.

By the time Nghe An firefighters reached the site from a distance of 100 kilometers, the fire was under control. The provincial firemen put out smoldering fires inside the kilns to prevent them from causing further damage.

An investigation into the cause of the fire remains underway, local police said.

The Cua Brick and Tile Village provided employment to 121 households, all of whom make and sell bricks and tiles. The village supplies a total of 50 million pieces of high quality brick and tile every year. Last year, the trade village saw a VND114 billion ($5,3 million) turnover. 

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