|Local residents cool down a victim of the power substation explosion in Hà Đông District. – Photo news.zing.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – One person was killed and four others were injured after a power substation exploded in the capital city yesterday.
The accident occurred at around 2:50pm on Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai Street in Hà Đông District, causing many people to run off in a panic.
Vũ Ích, a local resident who witnessed the accident, said after the explosion, the power substation was ablaze, and the fire spread to a street vendor nearby.
He saw a man on fire running away from the scene.
“He rolled over on the ground several times until local residents doused him with water to put out the flames,” Ích told zingnews.vn
Nguyễn Thị Hạnh, a 57-year-old tea vendor, and her husband, Vũ Đình Thái, 63, suffered serious burns.
Two other residents who had been drinking tea at the vendor’s stall also suffered minor injuries.
Firefighters arrived quickly at the scene, and all the injured people were transported to the hospital for treatment.
Thái was pronounced dead at the hospital today, having succumbed to his severe burns.
According to Hà Nội Power Company, who is in charge of electricity management in Hà Đông District, an oil leak at the substation may have caused the explosion.
An investigation into the incident is underway. – VNS