|Fire spreads from a compound near Vĩnh Tuy Bridge in Hà Nội to a three-story house where an elderly woman was found dead early morning on Thursday. — Photo vietnamplus.vn|
HÀ NỘI — An elderly woman was killed when a fire broke out near Vĩnh Tuy Bridge in Hà Nội early morning on Thursday.
The body was found by firefighters on the third floor of a three-storey house behind a bedding store, said Nguyễn Ngọc Phan, chairman of Long Biên Ward’s People’s Committee.
The fire broke out at some 6.30am in the store and spread to an adjacent gas store, eatery and the three-story house.
Witnesses said they heard explosive sounds and saw a high column of black fume coming out of the house.
The fire was extinguished within half an hour.
Majority of goods inside the store room was burnt down.
Further investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.
Another fire broke out on the 25th floor of a building in Hà Nội on Wednesday. No casualties were reported.
The fire started at some 8pm on the top floor of MB Grand Tower, located at No. 63 on Lê Văn Lương Street in Cầu Giấy District.
Eight fire trucks and dozens of firefighters extinguished the fire, while local authorities and police dispersed the crowds that had gathered around the building out of curiosity.
The fire was brought under control within an hour.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.
According to Lê Chí Cao, head of fire prevention and fighting division No. 3, the fire broke out in a 50sq.m room where an air conditioner condenser was placed.
The building was under construction and uninhabited, Zing online newspaper reported. — VNS