The dying toll from a 9-storey house constructing fireplace in Vietnam has risen to 56 folks

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  • A hearth that broke out in a nine-storey house constructing within the capital, Hanoi, Vietnam, earlier this week, killed 56 folks.
  • The reason for the fireplace that killed complete households is just not but recognized.
  • Eyewitnesses stated they noticed folks attempting to flee the fireplace by leaping from the higher flooring of the constructing.

Ten youngsters have been amongst 56 folks killed in a fireplace in a high-rise constructing in Hanoi, which some residents desperately tried to flee by leaping from the higher flooring, in response to witnesses, police stated on Thursday.

The authorities haven’t but introduced the reason for the fireplace, which broke out earlier than midnight on Tuesday and was not extinguished till Wednesday morning within the nine-storey residential constructing within the Vietnamese capital.

With the fireplace extinguished, incense was burned solely Thursday morning exterior the constructing at a makeshift shrine arrange by pals and family to pay their respects to the lifeless.

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Witnesses advised The Related Press that it appeared {an electrical} switchboard on the bottom flooring, which was additionally used to park about 80 bikes and bicycles, caught fireplace, sending thick smoke billowing by way of the constructing.

Nguyen Thi Thu Huyen advised the AP that each one 5 members of her household have been sleeping on the primary flooring after they heard somebody calling “fireplace.”

By then, the smoke was already so thick that they may barely see the flames coming from the bottom beneath them.

She fled along with her 4-year-old son, husband and father-in-law, however her mother-in-law was unable to achieve the steps in time earlier than it crammed with smoke.

People pray

Individuals pray in entrance of a makeshift shrine arrange in entrance of a constructing that caught fireplace in Hanoi, Vietnam, on September 14, 2023. (AP Picture/Hao Dinh)

Huynh says her husband was in a position to get again inside, after which he and her mother-in-law have been in a position to climb down a ladder {that a} neighbor had positioned on their balcony.

“We misplaced every thing, but it surely doesn’t matter as a result of the entire household survived the fireplace,” she stated.

“We survived the tragedy however what saddens me is that lots of my neighbors couldn’t survive.”

As the fireplace unfold, folks on the higher flooring turned more and more determined, and Pham Thu Dangle, a pharmacist who lives throughout the road, stated many started leaping.

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“We introduced mattresses and blankets as pillows for folks to leap on, however many individuals panicked and jumped anyway,” she stated. “A few of them fell onto the neighbours’ laborious roofs. I may hear crashing noises. Leaping out would give a greater probability of survival than being trapped inside.”

Hanoi police stated in a press release on Thursday that some complete households have been killed within the fireplace, and that up to now they’d solely been in a position to determine 39 of the 56 victims.

One other 37 folks have been injured, about half of whom have been taken to Bash Mai Hospital.


Hospital Director Dao Xuan stated that some circumstances require instant surgical procedures for head and backbone accidents. A lot of them additionally suffered damaged bones and docs are analyzing inside accidents as nicely.

He added, “The victims panicked and jumped from the high-rise constructing, so, along with smoke inhalation, in addition they sustained a number of accidents.”

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his authorities noticed a minute of silence at first of Thursday’s assembly in honor of the victims.

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