|Police of the northern province of Hai Duong have decided to charge three security guards for negligence in a fire last year that destroyed VND500 billion (US$23.8 million) in property at Hai Duong Trade Centre.—Photo Vnexpress
HAI DUONG (VNS) — Police of the northern province of Hai Duong have decided to charge three security guards for negligence in a fire last year that destroyed VND500 billion (US$23.8 million) in property at Hai Duong Trade Centre.
Nguyen Van Tai, Nguyen Van Tinh and Do Hong Quan were on duty when the huge blaze took place at the four-storey centre in last September. They will be prosecuted for lacking responsibility to cause serious consequences following the Penal Code.
According to the police investigation, Tai was in charge of security and fire prevention at the centre beginning 2 a.m. on that day. But Tai spent his time on duty playing cards with three other people, thereby failing to detect the fire in time and prevent it from spreading.
Tinh was head of the security team at the centre and in charge of assigning and reminding guards on duty of their tasks during the shift. He failed to assign a sufficient number of security guards at the centre and failed to remind Tai and his partner to go on rounds, so they failed to detect the fire.
Quan was a member of the centre's water and electricity team and tasked to ensure the safety of the centre's electricity system on that day. However, he did not carry out a full inspection and failed to detect the leakage in electricity that sparked the fire.
Under Article 285 of the Penal Code, persons found guilty of negligence resulting in serious consequences could be sentenced to from six months to 12 years in prison and suspended from their positions for one to three years, depending on the level of seriousness of their violation. — VNS