Over $1 mln lost in central Vietnam market fire

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A market fire in Vietnam Central Highlands early Wednesday caused property damage estimated at more than US$1 million dollars.


The fire started at around 1 a.m. and burned down goods of more than 100 retailers at Easup market in Dak Lak Province, news website VietNamNet reported.


The goods had been stored for trading in preparation for the country's biggest festival, Tet, which falls in late January.


One of the affected retailers, Trinh Van Ba, lost many goods including toys worth more than half a billion dong (around US$24,000).


Firefighters arrived after more than one hour and managed to stop the fire from spreading to the main area of the market.


The exact damage has not been calculated.


Local authorities are working to support the affected retailers.


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