40 tourist electric vehicles in Hoi An burned down

By Dac Thanh   May 8, 2024 | 04:39 am PT
40 tourist electric vehicles in Hoi An burned down
Firefighters douse out the flames on an electric vehicle in Hoi An. Photo by VnExpress/Dac Thanh
40 tourist electric vehicles in central Quang Nam Province’s Hoi An were burned down at a parking lot of the Electric Power College of Central Vietnam on Wednesday.

At around 6 a.m., fire began at the parking lot behind the dormitory at the school, located on Nguyen Tat Thanh Street. The flames soon spread and lit up the entire area, producing columns of black smoke as high as hundreds of meters. Loud explosions could be heard as well.

The parking lot spans around 500 m2. There were 52 electric vehicles, intended to carry tourists around, present at the lot. The vehicles belong to a business. School employees managed to get 12 vehicles out of the area, with six of them being partially burned.

Police officers have deployed four firefighting trucks, along with dozens of firefighters to douse out the flames. The fire was gone by 7 a.m., but the parking space has collapsed and walls have been stained in black. 40 electric vehicles were burned down.

Nguyen Anh Tuyen, principal of the Electric Power College of Central Vietnam, said an electric vehicle business had borrowed the backyard of the dormitory to park the vehicles overnight.

"The fire did not incur property damage to the school, but has incurred great damage to the business," he said.

An investigation is ongoing to figure out the cause of the fire.

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