Lunar New Year blaze in southern market inflicts $96,000 in losses

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A market blaze in southern Vietnam on the first day of the Lunar New Year Monday caused losses of nearly US$96,000.

The fire burned down three houses and six kiosks including a gold shop, said Duong Huu Tan, vice chairman of Phu Tan District in the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau.

The fire started at around 3 am, but "complicated terrain" made it difficult for fire trucks to reach the place. The district administration deployed local police, soldiers and people and it took them more than an hour to put out the fire.

Each affected family has received VND1 million in ex-gratia support from the district government.

Police said the first suspect was electrical leakage, but they are investigating the fire further.

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