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Over 50 firefighters hospitalised after extinguishing a blaze

Update: November, 30/2015 - 18:54
More than 100 firefighters took part in extinguishing a fire in Hai Phong City' Nam Hai Port on Friday. — Photo

HAI PHONG (VNS) — More than 50 firefighters were hospitalised after an operation to extinguish a blaze at Nam Hai Port, an official of the Fire Fighting and Prevention Department of Hai Phong said.

Initial results showed that soldiers had inhaled the toxic phosphorus fumes, and were suffering manifestations of respiratory failure, Brigadier Le Quoc Tran, director of the department said yesterday.

He said a crane dropped a container onto Contship ACE ship which was carrying about 20 containers of phosphorus docked at Nam Hai Port of this northern port city to complete a goods delivery on Friday afternoon.

The collision was so strong that it cracked a phosphorus container on board which caught fire.

Immediately after the fire occurred, the unit sent more than 100 soldiers to extinguish the blaze. As the fire spread to a large area, many of the soldiers did not have the respiratory mask, but still took part in the operations.

After the fire was put out, dozens of firefighters reported symptoms such as headaches, nausea and breathlessness. Of these, two soldiers had severe respiratory problems and were taken to emergency department at Viet Tiep Hospital, while 50 other policemen were transferred to the Hai Phong Medical University Hospital for treatment. — VNS

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