3 killed in northern Vietnam house fire

By Viet An   June 16, 2024 | 02:00 am PT
A fire broke out in a two-story tube house in the northern province of Bac Giang, killing three people including an eight-year-old boy on Sunday morning.

The fire started at around 3:45 a.m. at the house on Hoang Hoa Tham Street. At this time, there were three people inside, two adults and a child.

People living nearby knocked on the door to notify them but there was no response.

Ngo Quoc Tien, a neighbor, said that when he saw the fire, he used a ladder to climb to the second floor and heard a child crying. However, due to the fire, he could not go inside to save the victim.

Ngôi nhà cháy đã được căng dây để lực lượng chức năng khám nghiệm hiện trường, điều tra nguyên nhân. Ảnh: CTV

The house where the fire broke out in Bac Giang Province is blocked off so that police examine the scene. Photo by Viet An

Police dispatched five vehicles and firefighters to the scene. The fire was extinguished at about 4:45 a.m.

In addition to the boy, the two other victims were his 43-year-old mother, the home owner, and her friend, a 47-year-old man.

According to the police, the fire started from the first floor where there were an electric bicycle and a washing machine.

Police said the cause of the fire was probably an electrical short circuit.

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