|The building was severely damaged in the explosion. – Photo vov.vn|
NGHỆ AN – A powerful explosion on Monday midnight damaged the Sura BBQ restaurant and family karaoke bar located on Trần Phú Street in Vinh City. No one was injured in the accident.
The blast affected houses situated hundreds of metres away.
“I was sleeping when I heard a loud bang. My neighbours were also woken up by the explosion,” said Thái Hữu Lài, who lives 400m from the scene.
The two-storey building of the restaurant was severely damaged. Sixteen large gas tanks, weighing 72kg each, were found at the spot of the blast. Nghệ An Province firefighters were immediately pressed to service. They brought the fire under control by 4am.
Lê Quốc Bảo, deputy director of the provincial police, told Voice of Việt Nam that the gas system at the restaurant was likely to have triggered the fire. But the initial cause is still being investigated.
Nguyễn Hữu Cường, deputy head of Vinh City Police, said police and related agencies sealed off the blast site and started investigation. All remaining gas tanks were moved out of the building. – VNS