Major fire engulfs homes in downtown Hanoi

19-Sep-2018 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Firefighters late Monday battled a major blaze in central Hanoi that engulfed several homes near a children’s hospital and sent panicked residents running for safety.

There were no deaths or injuries reported hours after the fire started in a crowded part of the Vietnamese capital, but a huge plume of smoke could be seen from several kilometers away.

Patients were wheeled out of a nearby children’s hospitalwhich was not on fireas much of the area’s electricity was shut off, according to AFP reporters at the scene.

“I have never seen such a big fire, it must have been more than 100 meters (330 feet) high I think,” resident Dinh Thi Chung told AFP.

Another resident wept nearby as she watched firefighters extinguish the blaze.

“We lost everything…. there were 20 households in the area, all on fire,” the woman said.

A police officer said they were not yet able to confirm any casualties as they battled the inferno.

Big blazes are relatively common in Vietnam, where fire prevention and firefighting services remain underdeveloped.

Thirteen people were killed in an apartment complex fire in HCM City in March after the high-rise was engulfed in flames overnight, trapping many inside their apartments.

That was Vietnam’s deadliest fire since 2016 when a blaze in a karaoke bar in Hanoi left 13 people dead, mostly government workers who died in the club’s soundproof chambers.


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