QUANG NGAI — Quang Ngai City Market, the largest in the central province of Quang Ngai, caught fire early yesterday morning, ruining about 680 shops and more than 600 tonnes of goods, worth about VND120 billion (US$5.7 million).
|People evacuate goods from their temporary stalls while fire fighters attempt to reach a blaze at Quang Ngai City Market. — VNS Photo Phu Duc
As many as 424 businesses were affected.
Ten fire engines and a full contingent of fire fighters were mobilised and contained the blaze.
Officials announced the fire was under control by 2pm, seven hours after fire fighters reached the blaze, along a path blocked by hundreds of temporary stalls.
Vice Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Huynh Chanh said more than 500 small traders were running businesses in the two-storey market with a total area of 5,000 square metres, some of them at temporary stalls because a portion of the market was under construction.
The provincial People's Committee has asked the municipal office to establish a steering committee to determine the cause of the fire and identify losses.
Local authority also suggested providing VND5 million ($240) from the municipal budget and the Quang Ngai Agricultural Product Joint Stock Company pleged VND3 million ($140) for each vendor. The city will arrange a new location for shops,so business can resume within a month. — VNS