|A fire destroyed a five-storey house and damaged several houses nearby in HCM City’s District 5 on Wednesday evening. — Photo dantri.com.vn|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — A fire on Wednesday night destroyed a five-storey household that sold decorative wedding products in HCM City’s District 5.
The people living in the house were able to escape from the fire, according to the HCM City Fire Fighting and Prevention Police Department.
The fire at the house on Hải Thượng Lãn Ông Street broke out at 10:40pm and spread to three houses nearby.
The fire started on the first floor of the house and quickly spread to the entire house, according to witnesses.
Locals tried to use fire extinguishers to stamp out the fire, but the flammable items in the house, such as paper and lanterns, hastened the spread of the fire.
Firefighters from districts 1, 6 and 8 put out the fire by 12:41am.
Firefighters used pliers to break the lock of a house nearby and rescued a woman who was inside. The residents of the other houses were able to escape.
All the property inside the house with wedding products was destroyed, while some items in the houses nearby were damaged.
Phạm Thế Thảo, head of the District 8 Fire Fighting and Prevention Police Department, said the fireman focused on preventing the spread of the fire to adjacent houses after they arrived, because the house with wedding products had already been destroyed by that time. — VNS