Vessel carrying petrol erupts in flames

A vessel carrying over 10,000 litters of petrol suddenly erupted in flames in the Mekong Delta Province of Bac Lieu on Monday afternoon from unknown causes.

Firefighters extinguishing the burning vessel (Photo: SGGP)

At that time, the vessel was about to depart from the Bac Lieu – Ca Mau riverbank section along the 1A Highway near Sap Bridge in Ward 8 of Bac Lieu town.

Right after the incident, the provincial police dispatched five fire trucks and over 100 firefighters to extinguish the flames, which were controlled after one hour.

Nguyen Thanh Hai, a police official in Ward 8 said that the fire occurred due to the scorching heat of the afternoon sun together with strong winds making the burning flames leap to a height of dozen of meters. Black smoke soon engulfed a wide area surrounding the vessel.

Relevant officials are investigating an answer and seeking the vessel owner to determine the cause of the fire.

By Nh.Thien – Translated by Hong Nhung

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