|The scene of the warehouse fire in Hải Phòng City.-- photo baomoi.com
HẢI PHÒNG – A huge blaze burnt down a warehouse and three other houses last night in Hải Phòng city, reported the Voice of Việt Nam online, vov.vn.
According to people living in the local area, the fire started at the warehouse about 6pm Thursday at 648, Lê Thánh Tông Street. The place, owned by Nguyễn Văn Hảo, stored wooden and plastic plates.
Eyewitness said there was a huge explosion at first, followed by black smoke coming out of the warehouse. Some 15 minutes later, the warehouse caught fire.
The wooden and plastic plates aggravated the fire, which quicky spread to neighbouring houses. The warehouse owner tried to extinguish the blaze, but to no avail.
The fire was put out after many hours, but just in time to prevent it from spreading to a nearby petroleum station.
There was no loss of human life, but the blaze completely burnt down the warehouse, besides seriously damaging three houses next to it.
The warehouse has been in the residential area for more than 10 years. People in the neighbourhood had reportedly complained to the local government in the past about safety concerns, but no action was taken. – VNS