Huge inferno rages over Hanoi industrial area

By Gia Chinh, Phuong Son   December 7, 2016 | 02:33 pm GMT+7

The flames engulfed thousands of square meters of an industrial complex on Tuesday night causing untold damage.

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Over 20 firetrucks and hundreds of police arrived at the scene to fight the fire at La Phu Industrial Park, Hoai Duc District, Hanoi.

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The cause of the fire, which erupted late at night in a warehouse belonging to European Plastic JSC, has yet to be determined.

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The blaze ripped through a Nam Viet Company workshop before spreading to an adjacent warehouse.

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The city's Firefighting Police Department No.13 mobilized 13 firetrucks, 6 water tankers, an ambulance and several other vehicles. It took firefighters several hours to contain the fire.

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Firefighters, polices, soldiers and workers joined forces to extinguish the blaze and prevent it from spreading to nearby areas.

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The military broke down concrete walls using sledgehammers to allow acess for the fire hoses. Several personnel also helped move goods to safety.

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At around 10 p.m, the fire was under control, and was extinguished completely at 3 a.m.

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Hanoi police have started an investigation at the scene. A total of 1,300 square meters of warehouses and workshops have been reduced to charred ruins. Most of them were said to contain large volumes of flammable materials.

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