One dead, another critical in Dien Bien forest fire

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A militiaman in the northern province of Dien Bien was killed Wednesday and another is in a highly critical condition after they tried to stop a forest fire Tuesday.

Su Xe Hu, 28, was burnt severely after he slipped and fell into the fire at the foot of the hill. He was taken to the hospital but died the next day.

Ly Po Long, 35, who also slipped and fell into the fire, is being treated at Dien Bien General Hospital. However, he is very critical and there is high likelihood that he might not survive, doctors said.

The families of Hu and Long said the fire started Tuesday morning at a regenerating forest after local residents had burnt their fields to plant new crops.

Officials have not estimated the damage caused by the fire.

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