A fire in a market in central Vietnam Thursday destroyed goods worth nearly US$9.6 million.
The blaze began at around 4 am in Quang Ngai Market, the largest one in Quang Ngai Province, and destroyed nearly 700 shops with goods estimated by market's managers as being worth VND200 billion.
Only a few small shops and stalls near the entrance managed to save their goods.
Several vendors, who were opening their shops, said the fire began in a clothes shop.
It spread quickly, but people could not enter since the doors were still closed, they said.
Ten fire engines arrived to put out the blaze but the task took them more than six hours.
Some of the market's walls were damaged in the fire, and authorities said there was a high chance of a building collapse.
More than 500 police officers and soldiers were on hand to regulate traffic outside the market and protect it from looters.
Police are investigating the cause of the fire.
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