Fire destroys 300 tonnes of cotton

Update: March, 04/2015 - 11:30
The fire broke out at 2pm yesterday but lasted for 10 hours because firefighters were not able to contain it. — VNA Photo

BINH DUONG (VNS) — A fire that broke out yesterday afternoon lasted for 10 hours at a local company that sells cotton in the southern province of Binh Duong, destroying 300 tonnes of products.

The fire broke out at Ninh Son Company in Hoa Loi Commune, Ben Cat Town, about 2pm yesterday, but lasted till midnight.

More than 10 firefighting trucks were mobilised, but the firefighters were not able to contain the fire for several hours due to the large amount of cotton -- which burns very fast -- stored in the company.

The blaze affected more than 1,000sq.m of the company's storage area. Hundreds of residents, who had rented rooms nearby, were also affected.

Nguyen Thi Phuong Trang, a representative of the Ninh Son Company, said that the 300 tonnes of cotton had been recently imported and prepared for sale in the domestic market.

The cause of the fire has not been identified yet. — VNS