July 14, 2024
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By AL JAZEERA 

A fire at an eight-storey residential building with 150 residents killed four people and injured dozens more.

In the Vietnamese capital, a fire on nine floors of an apartment complex has resulted in 56 deaths and scores more injuries.

Vietnam News Agency reported that the fire began at around midnight local time, on Wednesday (17:00 GMT), but was extinguished by 2am (2:00 GMT) on Tuesday.

Hanoi’s police department issued a report saying that 37 people had been injured and 56 people died.

According to state media, the building housed 150 residents. Smoke inhalation was treated as well as injuries suffered by residents who tried to flee the building.

According to the state-owned VTV, four children are among those who were killed.

Images on television showed night-time firefighters at the site, equipped with hoses, ladders, and other equipment, while day-time images revealed a dark column of smoke rising out of the building.

According to AFP, the iron fences surrounding the balconies on this apartment complex were a result of the fact that there is only one way out and the block has no outside ladder.

I heard lots of cries for assistance. “We couldn’t help much,” a resident of the area told AFP. It is difficult for them to leave the apartment because it’s so close and there is no way out.

One witness stated that a young child had been thrown off a tall floor in order to escape the flames.

“I was about sleep when I noticed something.” She said, “I went outside and I saw the fire.”

“The smoke spread everywhere. The smoke was everywhere.

After visiting the area on Wednesday and speaking with survivors at the hospital, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has ordered an inquiry into the fire.

Vietnam experienced several fires, often at popular bars and entertainment centers like karaoke.

An explosion in the three-storey Karaoke Bar in Ho Chi Minh City’s commercial centre killed 32 people a year ago. A fire in a three-storey karaoke bar killed 32 people a year ago.

Following the tragedy, the Prime Minister has ordered all places of high-risk to be inspected.

A fire in an apartment block in Ho Chi Minh City killed 13 people in 2018.

A fire at a Hanoi Karaoke Bar in 2016 caused the death of 13 people.

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