|The site of the fire in K’bang Market. — Photo news.zing.vn|Viet Nam News
GIA LAI — A fire destroyed dozens of booths in a market in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai’s K’bang District yesterday, causing damage worth billions of đồng.
The blaze started in a booth in K’bang Market and quickly spread to about 50 booths nearby, as most of them contained inflammable items such as clothes, sandals and shoes.
On receiving the news, the province’s fire-fighting force sent three fire engines and 30 officers to the scene to co-ordinate with traders and local residents in extinguishing the fire.
However, it took six hours to douse the flames because of strong winds and dry weather.
No casualties were reported, but the fire destroyed an area of 800sq.m.
Võ Văn Phán, chairman of K’bang District People’s Committee, said a meeting was held by local authorities to set out measures to overcome the problems caused by the fire and help traders stabilise their lives. Accordingly, each affected household received an initial aid of VNĐ2 million (US$90). — VNS