|A hotel on Lý Sơn Island, 30km off the coast of Quảng Ngãi Province, caught fire on Sunday morning. No casualty has been reported, but interior assets including furniture has been managed. The loss is estimated at US$88,000. — VNS Photo Phạm Thị Hương|Viet Nam News
LÝ SƠN — A fire that broke out on Sunday morning at a hotel on Lý Sơn Island has caused losses estimated at VNĐ2 billion (US$88,000).
The fire damaged furniture and other interior assets in the hotel, local resports said.
Vice chairwoman of the island district’s People’s Committee, Phạm Thị Hương, told Việt Nam News that the fire occurred at a four-storey hotel in An Hải Commune in the centre of the island at around 7.30am yesterday.
Firefighters stamped out the blaze within 30 minutes, she said, adding that the all the staffs and guests at the hotel were rescued or escaped to safety. While no casualty was reported, the interiors of the hotel, including furniture and equipment in some rooms were almost completely damaged.
The fire is believed to have broken out as the result of a short circuit in a Karaoke room before spreading to other rooms.
Hương said it was the first fire recorded on the island.
Lý Sơn Island, is 30km off the coast of central Quảng Ngãi Province.
It has had a face-lift since connecting to the national power grid in 2014. It is a favoured eco-tourism site in central Việt Nam, receiving around 200,000 tourists each year.
The island now has 18 hotels, guest houses and home-stay services provided by 56 households with total accommodation capacity of 1,000 tourists.
It has a population of 21,000, mostly engaged in fishing, and farming garlic and onion. — VNS