The fires and explosions also caused property losses of about 462.1 billion Vietnamese dong (nearly 20.1 million U.S. dollars), the country’s Fire Prevention and Fight Department said on Tuesday.
Vietnam recorded 3,194 fires and explosions in the first 10 months of last year, which left 82 people dead and 141 others injured and caused losses of over 1.1 trillion Vietnamese dong (47.9 million U.S. dollars).
In 2019, the country reported 3,755 fires and explosions which claimed 112 human lives, injured 177 people, and left property losses of some 1,400 billion Vietnamese dong (60.9 million U.S. dollars), said the department.
On Monday, a fire broke out at a bar in the northern province of Vinh Phuc killing three teenaged dancers who had sheltered in a toilet.
The X5 bar and club in Vinh Tuong Town, around 40 kilometers from Hanoi, began its first year anniversary party and fireworks were let off on the stage.
A few minutes later flames and smoke came from the ceiling and people screamed and rushed outside. Quickly thick black smoke enveloped the entire bar.
“As the guests saw the smoke, there was a stampede to escape,” an eyewitness said.
Firefighters were dispatched to the scene, but they had difficulty reaching the flamed since the bar has only one main door. They had to knock down walls to enter the bar and extinguish the fire.
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