April 14, 2024
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By AL JAZEERA 

The fire in the nine-storey structure housing 150 people killed at least four children and left dozens of other injured.

Sixty-six people were killed and more than a dozen injured in an apartment fire in Hanoi’s capital.

Vietnam News Agency VNA reported the fire had started around midnight on Wednesday (17:00 GMT, Tuesday), and it was out by two in the morning (19:00 GMT, Tuesday).

Hanoi police said, “56 were killed while 37 others sustained injuries.”

Media reports said that the 150-person building is home to 150 residents. As residents tried to leave the building, they suffered from smoke inhalation.

Four children have been killed, according to VTV (the national TV channel owned by the government), a state-owned television station.

The nighttime pictures showed firemen with hoses to reach the roof, while the morning images featured a dense column of black smoke.

AFP reports that only one apartment has an exit, and it does not have an outside emergency ladder.

“I heard a number of cries to help. Women who live near the apartment block at the scene told AFP they could not do much to help. The apartment was so tightly closed that the victims could not escape.

According to another witness, a child was thrown down from a floor high in an attempt to escape flames.

“I was about going to sleep, when I got a strange smell. “I went to the outside and saw a fire,” said she.

“The smoke was in every direction. It was reported that there had been a boy who fell from the top floor. I do not know if it survived, but people tried to grab him using a bed.

A fire investigation was ordered by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh after he visited the location on Wednesday, as well as the patients in the hospital.

Vietnam has seen several deaths in the last few years. Most often, these fires occurred at entertainment places like popular karaoke bar.

The fire that ravaged a three-storey bar in Ho Chi Minh City’s business hub killed 32 people in 2013. This fire also caused injuries to 17 others. Its owner was charged with violating the regulations for fire prevention.

The Prime Minister, in the wake of this tragedy ordered an investigation of all areas of risk.

The fire at an apartment complex in Ho Chi Minh City also killed thirteen people in 2018.

After a fire, another 13 people were killed in Hanoi in 2016, in a Hanoi-area karaoke club.

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