Fire tears through Tan Loc market

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A three-hour fire tore through Tan Loc market in the southernmost province of Ca Mau's Binh Thoi District on Sunday. No deaths or injuries were reported, but more than 30 clothes and jewellery stalls were destroyed, with estimated damage of VND6 billion (US$300,000).

CA MAU – A three-hour fire tore through Tan Loc market in the southernmost province of Ca Mau's Binh Thoi District on Sunday. No deaths or injuries were reported, but more than 30 clothes and jewellery stalls were destroyed, with estimated damage of VND6 billion (US$300,000).

According to Nguyen Van Tan, Chairman of Tan Loc Commune People's Committee, the fire started at night, threatening hundreds of surrounding households.

He said local people had not used the firefighting equipment available, and the fire had been able to spread before it was brought under control by the provincial firefighting force.

Local authorities have donated VND77 million ($3,850) to the victims. The reason of the fire is under investigation.

Earlier this month, two fires occurred in markets in the central provinces of Quang Ngai and Quang Binh, causing billions of dong worth of damage. Officials have warned that many traditional markets did not meet fire prevention and control requirements, and were consequently at high risk of fires. -- VNS

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