A fire broke out yesterday, destroying nearly 20,000 tonnes of sliced cassavas. — Photo laodong.com.vn
GIA LAI (VNS) –– A fire broke out at about 8pm yesterday, destroying nearly 20,000 tonnes of sliced cassavas belonging to Phú Lợi Private Company in Ia Dêr Commune.
The fire and high columns of smoke, several metres high, covered the whole 6,000sqm-wide store, and quickly spread out to a neighbouring store containing coffee, cashew nuts and pepper owned by Sơn Huyền Company in the central highland Gia Lai Province’s Ia Grai District.
The company shifted 100 tonnes of cashew nuts and pepper to a safe place just in time.
Seven fire engines and about 80 firemen were sent to the site, but the fire had not been extinguished even after 14 hours as of 9.50am today.
The sliced cassavas had been stored for two years and were ready to be exported, Nguyễn Văn Chín, director of Phú Lợi Private Company, said.
No loss of human life was reported, but the damage to property was worth about VNĐ20 billion (about US$889,000).
On the same day, a fire broke out at Ngã Tư Sòng Market in Cam Thanh, in Quảng Trị Province’s Cam Lộ District, destroying at least 17 stalls.
The police sent five fire engines to the site, but as the fire affected stalls that were selling votive paper and products made of plastic, wood and bamboo, most of the goods were destroyed.
The fire was put out after two hours.
The police are investigating the two cases. — VNS