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Fire destroys two buildings in Hà Nội

Update: November, 21/2016 - 17:10
The blaze in a four-storeyed building on Trần Khát Chân Street in the capital’s Hai Bà Trưng District this morning. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — A fire broke out in a four-storeyed building in Hà Nội’s Hai Bà Trưng District this morning, destroying most of the structure as well as the building next door.

Around 11am, people on Trần Khát Chân Street heard loud explosions coming from the fourth floor of a building, said to be a chemical warehouse, and saw a column of smoke rising. The flame quickly spread to two other buildings, causing panic as locals were worried about the presence of flammable materials in the warehouse.

People called the fire department, which mobilised five fire engines and dozens of firefighters. Firefighters said they struggled to success the site as it was located in a small alley and surrounded by glass windows. After 90 minutes, the fire was finally brought under control.

The four-storeyed structure and another building, also reported to be a chemical warehouse, were completely burned down. There were no casualties.

Initial investigations suggest that the fire was started by a short circuit. A probe is underway to determine the cause. — VNS



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