|A fire broke out yesterday at the Cultural House for Children in Điện Biên Province, destroying all equipment in the hall. – VNA/VNS Photo Xuân Tư|Viet Nam News
ĐIỆN BIÊN — A fire occurred yesterday morning at the Cultural House for Children in the northern mountainous province of Điện Biên, destroying all of the home’s equipment and assets.
Some 58 firefighters and 5 fire-engines, as well as the police force from Mường Thanh Ward, were called to battle the blaze.
The fire began on the left side of the hall, about 5m from the stage, and then flared, said Nguyễn Trần Tuyến, director of the Cultural House for Children.
The ceiling, which includes foam panels, along with curtains and chair covers, helped the fire spread rapidly, engulfing the interior of the hall, including 450 chairs and much musical equipment.
The fire took 40 minutes to be extinguished.
The estimated loss was set at about VNĐ6 billion (US$269,000).
Officials said the fire may have been caused by an electrical short circuit, Tuyến said.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by authorised agencies. — VNS