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Ha Noi, Bac Ninh tackle deadly fires

Update: May, 09/2014 - 09:00
"About 4,000 tonnes of paper were destroyed by the fire, which inflicted losses estimated at several dozen billion dong. The cause of the blaze has not been ascertained." — File Photo

BAC NINH (VNS) — Ha Noi and the neighbouring province of Bac Ninh have announced inspections and crackdowns on establishments not complying with fire-fighting and prevention regulations after two major fires last weekend.

The Ha Noi Fire Fighting and Prevention Department announced yesterday that it will conduct a massive inspection of compliance by karaoke bars in the capital city.

The move came after a fire last Saturday killed five people, including two women and the owner, at the Nhat Thuc Karaoke Bar on Giang Vo Street.

A short circuit on the first floor of the five-storey building is believed to have started the fire.

Deputy Director of the firefighting department, Nguyen Van Son, said most karaoke bars were running without verification of their compliance with fire fighting and prevention regulations.

This has happened because owners of the karaoke bars often leased residential houses or offices, and converted them later into karaoke bars, he said, without explaining how these establishments received licences without the required verification.

Regulations require that each karaoke room has at least two emergency exits, Son said, adding that most establishments do not follow this rule.

He said that after the current inspection drive, all karaoke bars found violating regulations will either be closed down or have their operations suspended until they make the needed changes.

Meanwhile, Bac Ninh authorities have said they will suspend operations of any factory or company that does not comply with the regulations.

The province's People's Committee Chairman Nguyen Nhan Chien issued the order visiting the site of a big blaze on Sunday night that destroyed a 6,000sq. m workshop of a paper factory in Bac Ninh City's Phong Khe Industrial Park.

About 4,000 tonnes of paper were destroyed by the fire, which inflicted losses estimated at several dozen billion dong. The cause of the blaze has not been ascertained.

Chien asked local police to expedite their investigation into the fire and advised Bac Ninh City authorities to co-operate with relevant agencies in dealing with the blaze's consequences. — VNS

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