Vietnamese tourism firm suspended after boat blaze in Ha Long

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A cruiser on fire in Ha Long on February 3, 2015. All 25 people aboard including 16 foreign tourists were rescued. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre A cruiser on fire in Ha Long on February 3, 2015. All 25 people aboard including 16 foreign tourists were rescued. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

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A Vietnamese cruiser operator has suspended its boat trips in Ha Long Bay after one of its vessels was engulfed by flames last week. 
The suspension started Monday, six days after a boat operated by Ha Long Bien Ngoc Company went on fire at the bay with 25 people on board, including 16 foreign tourists, local media reported.
Everyone was rescued to a nearby island.
The fire burned down the wooden boat, causing damage worth VND2 billion. Investigation found that the fire was caused by a short circuit. 
The 12-year-old boat reportedly received some maintenance recently and just resumed service after meeting security and tourism service requirements.
The other nine boats of the company are also made of wood.
They can only sail again after inspectors declare them safe.
At least two boats of two other companies went on fire at the popular tourist bay last year and another capsized, but no causalities were reported. 

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