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Fire extinguished at bar near Ben Thanh Market

By Dinh Van, Thanh Tung   October 16, 2022 | 11:51 pm PT
Several dozens of firefighters were dispatched to put out the fire at a bar on Thu Khoa Huan Street near Ben Thanh Market Monday.
Fire extinguished at bar near Ben Thanh Market

Black smoke started to billow from District K bar at 30 Thu Khoa Huan Street, which lies 50 meters from HCMC’s iconic Ben Thanh Market, around 9:30 a.m. on Monday. Photo by Truc Anh

Fire extinguished at bar near Ben Thanh Market

Black smoke seen from the front side of Ben Thanh Market. Photo by Van Quoc Hung

Fire extinguished at bar near Ben Thanh Market

Around 10 fire trucks were sent to the scene.

The two-floor bar had been ordered to close in late September as it violated fire safety regulations, but continued to operate for a while.

By the time of the fire, it had been closed for a week after being busted by local authorities.

Fire extinguished at bar near Ben Thanh Market

Firemen spray water into the bar from a height of 20 meters.

Fire extinguished at bar near Ben Thanh Market

Water is sprayed from different directions to put out the fire.

Fire extinguished at bar near Ben Thanh Market

According to police, the interior comprise of soundproofing materials, foam and sofas, making it difficult to put out the fire.

Fire extinguished at bar near Ben Thanh Market

Smoke is seen coming out of the bar from above.

Fire extinguished at bar near Ben Thanh Market

A fireman exits the bar.

Fire extinguished at bar near Ben Thanh Market

Locals gather at Ben Thanh Market to observe the situation.

Thu Hoai, a woman living near the bar, said there were multiple blasts before the fire broke out, and then black smoke billowed out.

Fire extinguished at bar near Ben Thanh Market

The facade of the bar at 11:00 a.m.

The HCMC Police Department of Fire Fighting and Prevention said a preliminary investigation concluded that when fixing the bar, a welder had set the soundproofing foam on fire.

The fire engulfed an area of 300 square meters and did not cause any casualties.

Fire police put out a fire at District K bar near Ben Thanh Market. Video by Tuan Viet, Dinh Van, Nguyen Diep

 
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