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Fire destroys confectionary factory

Update: January, 14/2016 - 15:04
The fire, which burned for five hours, destroyed tonnes of materials and much machinery at a confectionary factory, causing tens of billion of dongs in damage. — Photosvnexpress.vn

THANH HOA (VNS) — A major fire broke out early this morning, destroying tonnes of materials and much machinery at a confectionary factory in Vinh Loc District, central province of Thanh Hoa.

The factory, which is hundreds of square metres, belongs to Tien Ha Co., Ldt, which manufactures sweets, cookies and drinks.

A resident living near the factory said the fire started at a store behind the company's head office, and because the company was preparing goods for the Tet Lunar New Year there were many cartons, plastic boxes and bags in the stores, causing the fire to quickly spread to other areas.

Two fire engines, one tank truck and 20 firemen were sent to fight the blaze, which took five hours to extinguish.

Tran Xuan Tam, head of the provincial fire prevention and control police department No. 6 said although the fire was controlled, outbreaks of fire were continuing in the collapsed stores.

"Our firemen are making efforts to prevent the fire from reigniting," he said.

The company's workers were not in the factory when the fire occurred, so no injuries have been reported.

However, losses from destroyed materials and machinery are estimated to have reached tens of billions of dongs.

The fire destroyed the cloth store and much furniture in nearby rental units.

Last night, a fire also erupted at a store containing clothing and recycled plastic in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.

At the time of the fire, the owner of the store was not present, so local residents had to force open the door and attempt to put out the fire.

However, they were not successful, and the fire quickly spread to nearby buildings.

Nearly 20 fire engines and dozens of firemen worked for two hours to extinguish the fire.

The losses are still being estimated, according to officials.

Police are investigating the cause of the two fires. — VNS

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