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19 people rescued from hotel fire in Ho Chi Minh City

By Duy Tran, Bao Son   March 24, 2018 | 08:36 pm PT
19 people rescued from hotel fire in Ho Chi Minh City
Smoke goes up from the eight-story Hanh Long Hotel in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo by VnExpress.
The fire broke out just a day after a deadly blaze at Carina Plaza killed 13 in District 8.

Dozens of people, most of them tourists, screamed for help as a fire erupted at an eight-story hotel in Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday afternoon.

The fire broke out on the third floor of the Hanh Long Hotel in District 5 on Tran Hung Dao Street at around 3p.m., witnesses said. The hotel guests on the upper floors were trapped in the building, screaming for help from the windows as thick smoke billowed upwards.

The fire which was engulfed in thick black smoke, reportedly broke out in the third floor. Photo by VnExpress.

The fire reportedly broke out on the third floor. Photo by VnExpress.

Authorities said 19 hotel guests, including 11 foreigners, were plucked to safety by two fire truck lifts. No injuries were reported.

“The fire started from in the hotel’s accounting office,” said Captain Tran Quang Son, Deputy Chief of the District 8 Firefighter Department. “All the victims were evacuated without either injury or smoke inhalation.”

Fire authorities are investigating the cause of the blaze.

Video by Bao Son

The incident took place just one day after a fatal fire broke out in a 20-story apartment building in District 8, which killed 13 and injured 28. It was Saigon's deadliest blaze in 15 years, after the catastrophic International Trade Center fire that killed 60 people in 2002.

Ho Chi Minh City, the largest metropolis in Vietnam, reported more than 1,000 fires last year, which killed 26 people and caused damage worth around $4 million.

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