|Firefighters putting out a car fire that broke out in Sa Pa town on August 4, using septic tank truck. — Photo soha.vn|Viet Nam News
On August 4, a Ford van carrying a Hà Nội license plate caught fire in a crossroad of Sa Pa town, a popular tourist destination of the northern province Lào Cai.
The fire raged for several minutes and threatened to consume other cars in the area.
Onlookers were visibly bemused when suddenly, a septic tank truck joined in on the firefighting efforts, and instead of white foam and water, a particularly stinking and dense liquid was doused on the fire.
The smelly method proved effective as the flaming car was reduced to a smoke-billowing metal skeleton quickly.
Later, Lê Mạnh Hảo, vice chairman of Sa Pa District People’s Committee, told the media that the locality has no fleet of firefighting trucks and deploying the trucks from Lào Cai City would take 30-40 minutes at least.
“This was quick thinking on the part of the firefighters, otherwise the fire could have spread to other cars and even houses. The water used was drawn from the lake, but it’s unavoidable that some excrement might still be in the pipe and the tank,” Hảo said.
“We are asking the province’s authorities as well as the public security ministry about organising a proper firefighting team here in the township but the request has not been approved,” he added.—VNS