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Ha Noi trade hotspots inspected for fire risk

Update: September, 27/2013 - 09:25
Hoan Kiem District's Dong Xuan Market was the first to be randomly inspected last Saturday night.—Photo tienphong

HA NOI (VNS)— Ha Noi's Fire Fighting and Prevention Police began a 12-day random inspection last Saturday to monitor security-guards working night shifts in the 10 largest local markets and trade centres.

The inspection, which was ordered by the director of the police, Major General Nguyen Duc Nghi, will run until October 2.

The move follows a massive blaze at a four-storey trade centre in northern Hai Duong Province on September 15 causing VND500 billion (US$23.5 million) of damage.

Police from Hai Duong Province on Wednesday moved to a further investigation into the case.

Hoan Kiem District's Dong Xuan Market was the first to be randomly inspected last Saturday night.

Senior Lieutenant Colonel To Manh Thang said that inspectors ordered security guards on duty to test fire-fighting equipment.

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The inspectors discovered goods were blocking emergency exits, he said.

And several plugs and electric wires were substandard, which could start electrical fires, he said.

Tran Ngoc Minh, head of the market's security guard team said that they would deal with shortcomings in the coming time.

Meanwhile, the market's management board has fined 300 small traders for blocking access to fire-fighting equipment during the first six month of this year.

The fines range between VND200,000 and 700,000 ($9.4-33), an official from the board management said.

Official statistic showed three blazes had occurred in markets in Ninh Hiep, Troi and Voi since early this year, however the blazes inflicted only minor damage.

The city has more than 400 markets with a total area of 1.5 million of squares metres. — VNS

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