A market blaze in the southern province of Ca Mau on the very first day of Tet Lunar New Year (January 23) caused loss of nearly VND2 billion (US$1 million) in property, though no human casualties were reported.
|Scene of fire in Phu Tan District of Ca Mau Province (Photo: vnexpress.net)|
The fire burned down three houses and six kiosks, including a gold jewellery shop, said one representative from Phu Tan District in the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau.
The fire started at around 3 am, but a complex structure of buildings made it difficult for fire trucks to access the area. The local district administration deployed police, soldiers and residents to put out the fire, which finally was under control after one hour.
Representatives of the Phu Tan District People’s Committee visited the affected families and provided VND1 million as compensation.
Police suspected the cause to be an electric short circuit; further investigations will continue.
At 4:10 pm Tuesday (January 24), a ‘Wave RS’ motorbike suddenly erupted into flames in Khanh Tien Commune of U Minh District in Ca Mau Province, causing panic among local residents.
The bike belonged to Tran Quoc Nil from Ca Mau. He said the he had bought the bike only two years back.
Local police arrived in time to clear the traffic.