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Tobacco company in Bac Ninh catches fire

Update: August, 20/2015 - 17:24
Firemen stamp out the fire at the Ngan Son Tobacco Joint Stock Company. Losses were estimated at US$13.7 million. — VNA/VNS Photo Thai Hung

BAC NINH (VNS) — A fire broke out in the early hours of the morning at the finished product and raw materials stores of the Ngan Son Tobacco Joint Stock Company here.

Initial investigations revealed that the fire had started at the finished product store, spanning 6,500sq.m and containing 400 tonnes of products, and spread to the 2,000sq.m raw materials store in this northern province's Tien Son Industrial Zone.

Losses were estimated at more than VND300 billion (US$13.7 million).

Fourteen fire engines and more than 400 firemen were dispatched by the Bac Ninh Police to the scene. The Department of Fire Prevention and Control assigned five additional fire engines, while the Ha Noi and Bac Giang Province dispatched six more fire engines and nearly 70 additional firemen to put out the blaze.

The fire was extinguished at 10am today.

No casualties were reported.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The Ngan Son Tobacco Joint Stock Company started operations in 2002 and currently employs some 200 workers. — VNS

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