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Three die in fertiliser factory blast

Update: October, 20/2014 - 08:35
Authorised agencies examine the scene of the fertiliser explosion, which killed three and injured four on Friday in HCM City's Thoi An Ward. — Photo khampha.vn

HCM CITY (VNS) — A fertiliser factory explosion killed three and injured four Friday in HCM City.

Dozens of houses near the explosion at Dang Huynh Company in Thoi An Ward of District 12 were destroyed or damaged.

The victims were identified as Dang Huynh Company employees Nguyen Thi Cam Tu, 19, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Thanh, 30 and Huynh Thi Tam, 36.

The three injured were Nguyen Thi Thuy Van, 30, Pham Thi Thuy Duong, 14, Doan Phung, 46 and Nguyen Van Xuc.

Pham Van Hung, vice head of the HCM City Fire Prevention Department's rescue office, said traces smells of chemicals were found in the rubble. The office also found a 2-metre-by-3-metre hole at the scene.

Police are still investigating the cause of the incident.

Blaze in capital

A fire destroyed over 10,000 square metres of a Woodsland Company workshop and damaged Nippon Express Company's building on Saturday evening in the Ha Noi-based Quang Minh Industrial Zone.

After five hours of work, a team of 1,000 firefighters was able to control the blaze.

An initial investigation found that the fire started at 8:30pm at Nippon Express Viet Nam Company and spread to Woodsland Company.

The cause of the fire and the total damage wreaked remain unknown.

On the same day, another fire burnt down a wood workshop, a garage and three kiosks at about 9:45pm in Nam Trung Yen Urban Area in Ha Noi's Cau Giay District.

Authorities found the fire started at the wood workshop and spread to the garage and kiosks. They suspected an electric circuit caused the fire. It was extinguished at 11:40pm.

The two cases are under investigation. — VNS

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