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Fire in District 8 kills 13, injures 14; many others trapped inside

Update: March, 23/2018 - 09:30
Black smoke fills the lower floors of a Carina Plaza apartment block in HCM City’s District 8 from a fire that broke out on Friday, killing 13 and injuring 14. — Photo vov.vn
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HCM CITY — A fire broke out at an apartment block in District 8’s Carina Plaza early Friday morning (March 23), killing 13 and injuring 14, and leaving others trapped inside, according to the HCM City’s Fire Prevention and Fighting Department.

The residents had to flee to the higher floor. Some even tried to escape by jumping outside. — Photo news.zing.vn

At around midnight on March 23, an apartment block at Carina Plaza on Võ Văn Kit Street suddenly burst into flames, trapping hundreds of people inside.

A fire broke out on Friday, killing 13 and injuring 14 in HCM City. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoàng Hải

The residents had to flee to the higher floor. Some even tried to escape by jumping outside.

Firemen were sent to the location immediately, putting out the fire at around 4:00am.

Fire broke out on Friday, killing 13 and injuring 14 in HCM City. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoàng Hải

So far, 13 people have been found dead (including the chairman of Nguyễn Thái Bình Ward People’s Committee) and 14 people injured.

Fire broke out on Friday, killing 13 and injuring 14 in HCM City. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoàng Hải

According to the department, the fire started in the apartment’s garage.

Many survivors said that the fire alarm system did not work when the fire broke out.

Fire broke out on Friday, killing 13 and injuring 14 in HCM City. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoàng Hải

The local authorities and the department are examining the damage and are continuing to look for residents inside the building. — VNS

 

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