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Suspect in Đồng Nai plant fire arrested

Update: April, 14/2017 - 10:04
Police in the southern province of Đồng Nai’s Vĩnh Cửu District on Thursday arrested a man suspected to have caused a fire at a lubricant recycling plant in a cajuput forest on Wednesday night. — Photo plo.vn

ĐỒNG NAI — Police in the southern province of Đồng Nai’s Vĩnh Cửu District on Thursday arrested a man suspected to have caused a fire at a lubricant recycling plant in a cajuput forest on Wednesday night.

The suspect Phạm Việt Anh, 39, from Bình Dương Province was allegedly drinking at a friend’s house near the plant in the district’s Thiện Tân Commune and asked for money.

When the host refused to give Việt Anh any money, the suspect became angry and threw his lighter into a stack of firewood. The flames spread to the cajuput forest and the oil storage facility of the recycling plant, built in an isolated area inside the forest.

The blaze soon grew and was visible from two kilometres away. Residents living in the neighbourhood said they also heard several explosions. No casualties were reported, and the two men were rescued from the fire.

The huge quantity of engine oil at the plant made it extremely difficult to contain the flames, which began spreading to the adjacent tea tree forest at around 10.30pm despite efforts of firefighters to extinguish the blaze. — VNS

 

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