The blaze spread quickly across the whole shoe production workshop, destroying all equipment. – Photo dantri.com.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — A major fire which broke out yesterday in a shoe production workshop in HCM City’s Tân Bình industrial zone, has destroyed a 3,000-sq.m workshop in the area, the fire fighting department said.
The blaze was discovered by the night-shift personnel on the first floor of the multi-storey 3,000-sq.m workshop owned by Á Châu individual company, a fire fighting service spokesman said.
The fire destroyed a large amount of material and equipment worth tens of billions of đồng.
Colonel Hà Văn Thắng, head of Tân Phú District’s fire fighting police, said there were no casualties but a significant portion of the factory had been affected.
“When the firemen approached, the building was fully engulfed in flames,” he said.
"Our main concern was to stop the fire from spreading to the neighbouring buildings.
"Some 100 firefighters and around 15 fire engines were mobilised from three districts close to the scene, and the city’s firefighting centre was dispatched to the blaze after the alert was raised at 3am.
The fire took three hours to extinguish as it had quickly spread across the store, which was full of flammable materials used in shoe production, including clothing, synthetic rubber and chemicals.
The dry season has hit the south of Việt Nam, increasing the risk of fires that spread quickly. — VNS