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Central Highlands pine forest decimated by fire

Update: March, 14/2013 - 11:31
Illustrative image.—VNA/VNS photo Quang Thai

GIA LAI (VNS)— Three fires occurred on Tuesday, destroying over 120 hectares of protected pine forest in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai's Chu Pah District.

According to the local People's Committee, the blaze devastated over 80ha of forest in Bac Bien Ho Pine Forest and 40ha in the forest of Tay Bac Dac Hoa.

Over 300 officers and provincial soldiers were assigned to fight the flames, which were stamped out eight hours later.

Meanwhile, a fire broke out just a few metres from a railway station in southern Binh Duong Province's Di An Commune on Tuesday night.

The blaze lasted for more than two hours. It began next to Song Than Station and damaged the automatic block signalling system on the line leading to Di An station, which was repaired yesterday afternoon.

Local people said the fire broke out at an incense factory before spreading to houses in the surrounding area, where it caused damages worth VND100 million (US$4,700).

Local authorities are investigating the cause of these fires. — VNS

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