House fire kills 6 in central Vietnam

By Nguyen Hai   June 15, 2021 | 07:52 am GMT+7
A three-story house in the central province of Nghe An went up in flames early on Tuesday morning, leaving six people dead.
A three-story house on Dinh Cong Trang Street of Vinh Town where a tea room lies is burned down, June 15, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Hai

A three-story house on Dinh Cong Trang Street of Vinh Town, Nghe An, is burned down, June 15, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Hai.

The house, which hosted a music club, lies on Dinh Cong Trang Street in the province's capital town of Vinh. The club has been shut down following protocols on Covid-19 prevention, which suspend non-essential services.

Nguyen Thanh Ha, 67, a guard at a kindergarten that is five meters from the house, said he heard continuous explosions from the house past midnight as he was sleeping at the school’s precinct.

"When I rushed out at around 1 a.m., I saw fire engulfing the house so I called the fire police immediately. Some people in the area came too, but the fire was so big that no one dared to approach," he said.

Firefighters put down the fire on May 16, 2021. Photo by VnExpress

Firefighters put down the fire on June 15, 2021. Photo by VnExpress.

Fire police dispatched seven ambulances and dozens of officers and soldiers to the scene. They put off the fire at around 2 a.m. but could not save the six people inside the house.

"Four people in a family died on the first floor and two others died in the bathroom on the third floor," a police officer informed.

The house where the fire broke out spreads hundreds of square meters.

Police have cordoned off the area for investigation.

 
 
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