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Midnight blaze destroys wholesale market in Hue

Update: September, 16/2015 - 13:30
Firemen attempt to extinguish the blaze in the market last night. — Photo

THUA THIEN - HUE (VNS) — A fire that broke out at midnight yesterday has destroyed more than 120 stores in a local market in this province's Tu Ha Town.

No loss of life was reported as the market was closed at the time.

While the total losses caused by the blaze has not been estimated yet, the affected traders said goods stored in each store were probably worth up to VND1 billion (US$45,000).

A nearby street food vendor detected the blaze in the centre of the market and raised alarm after she smelled burning odour and saw condensed smoke rise from the market.

The Thua Thien – Hue firefighting department deployed six firefighting vehicles and 50 firemen to extinguish the blaze in three hours. The province's chairman and the director of the local public security department were present at the scene to monitor the rescue work.

The aftermath of the fire in the market. — VNS Photo Hue Phong

Fire officials said they suspected sparks caused the large blaze to break out in heavy rain last night. Firefighting efforts could not start swiftly as the gates to the market had been locked for the night.

Nguyen Thi Vinh, a trader, said she had imported a three-billion-dong package of luxurious coats for sale during the coming winter and that the blaze destroyed them all.

The market, constructed in 2003, serves as a wholesale centre for Huong Tra District, where about 115,000 people live. — VNS

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