Fire destroys Vietnamese market near Czech – Germany border

By Anh Ngoc, Vuong Anh   April 23, 2016 | 02:07 pm GMT+7

A massive fire engulfed a Vietnamese market located near the border between the Czech Republic and Germany, destroying all the stalls.

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The fire broke out in one of the shops a few hundred meters from the Czech – German border. Photo: Thoibao.de

According to Czech police, the fire broke out at 6:30am on April 21 in one of the shops and quickly spread through adjacent stores devouring flammable materials such as wood and fireworks.

The rooftop of a nearby house used to store fireworks collapsed. The residents inside were able to escape in time without suffering injuries. A witness said that he heard many booms and saw a high plume of smoke.

Six fire trucks were dispatched and firefighters had to remove gas bottles from near the blaze and cool them down in a nearby stream. It took two hours for the fire to be bought under control but it was not fully extinguished until noon.

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The fire broke out from one of the shops, about few hundred meters from the Czech – Germany border. Photo: Thoibao.de

Czech fire department said the estimated damage from the fire is about 75,000 EUR ($84,000). Daniel Vitek, spokeman of Czech police, said the investigation will be conducted soon with a focus on the storing and verification process of fireworks that are sold at the market.

 
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