Fire fighters try to extinguish the fire. VNA/VNS Photo Hung Thinh.
BEN TRE (VNS) – About 75 fire fighters were mobilised at midnight on Wednesday to extinguish a fire blazing inside a warehouse owned by Dua Vang Ltd. Co. in the southern Ben Tre Province.
Colonel Nguyen Quang Minh, head of the provincial Police's Fire Fighting and Prevention and Rescue Police Division, said on Thursday that the fire broke out at around 11.30pm in the workshop that processes dry coconut fibre in Tan Binh Commune, Mo Cay Bac District.
Fire fighters from the neighbouring Mo Cay Nam District and provincial forces also joined in the attempt.
A total of five specialised fire engines and numerous water pumps were employed to put out the blaze, which was completely extinguished only after seven and a half hours.
Initial reports indicated that the whole 500 square metres (sq.m.) steel-framed and iron sheet-roofed warehouse collapsed and all coconut fibres inside were burnt down.
The fire-fighting forces succeeded in preventing the fire from spreading to the administrative areas of the company, as well as local residents' houses nearby.
Colonel Minh said this was the second large-scale fire to break out in the province within a week.
On March 27, a fire broke out inside the warehouse of Cay Dua Clothing and Apparel Ltd. Co. in Quoi Thanh Commune, Chau Thanh District, which had burnt down more than 1,000 tonnes of cloth and destroyed the entire 3,000sq.m site. The loss was estimated to be VND10 billion (US$460,000). VNS