|At the scene after the fire, chemical waste was eliminated on the top-floor of the building.— Photo vnexpress.net
HAI PHONG — Local residents were in a state of panic after chemical store located in the centre of a residential quarter in Hai Phong northern coastal city suddenly caught fire on Sunday.
Two fire engines with 50 firefighters extinguished the fire after an hour.
According to initial investigations, a foreign invested-enterprise had rented a 30sq.m top-floor of a seven-storey building at Hong Bang District's Bach Dang residential quarter from Hai Long Joint-stock Company to test chemicals.
Some witnesses said there was a strong smell of chemicals at the scene after the fire. A black waste water was on the floor.
A resident said that in 2014, keeping in mind their safety, they sent complaints to the local People's Committee, but there was no feedback.
To Đinh Đại, chairman of Hong Bang District People's Committee, said local authorities and police are investigating the cause of the fire. — VNS