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2,000 rehearse for Ho Chi Minh City’s largest-ever fire drill

Friday, November 27, 2015, 09:11 GMT+7
2,000 rehearse for Ho Chi Minh City’s largest-ever fire drill
Firefighters rescue people from a building on fire during a fire drill rehearsal in Ho Chi Minh City on November 26, 2015.

Around 2,000 people from different units and forces participated in a rehearsal on Thursday for an unprecedentedly huge fire drill in downtown Ho Chi Minh City.

The emergency practice will officially take place from 8:00 am to 10:30 am on Saturday at Vincom B, a luxury apartment-trade center complex on Dong Khoi Street, District 1, with three nearby streets to be blocked to serve the drill.

The drill will be carried out based on a simulated situation that the Basement B3 of Vincom B catches fire due to a gas explosion in the food court, while a flat on the 26th floor also bursts into flames.

During Thursday’s rehearsal, people from the police, firefighting, healthcare, power supply and military units, as well as those who work in the building, were deployed to rescue around 1,000 people trying to escape the basement and apartment in panic.

The Ho Chi Minh City firefighting department dispatched its forces in all of the city’s districts to the scene.

The firefighters then used different rescue methods and tools, eventually managing to contain the fire and save all victims after more than an hour.

The drill, jointly held by the Ho Chi Minh City administration and the Ministry of Public Security, will be the first of its kind to take place in both the basement and aboveground part of a building.

The southern metropolis has previously held similar drills at Diamond Plaza, one of the landmark high-rises in the downtown area.

During the official practice tomorrow, parts of Dong Khoi, Ly Tu Trong and Le Thanh Ton Streets will be barricaded, according to the Department of Transport.

On Dong Khoi Street, roadblocks will be put on the section between the crossroads with Nguyen Du and Le Loi.

The part between the Ly Tu Trong-Pasteur and Ly Tu Trong-Hai Ba Trung crossroads, and between the Le Thanh Ton-Hai Ba Trung and Le Thanh Ton-Nguyen Hue intersections, will also be blocked.

The Department of Transport suggests the following alternative routes:

For those who need to travel on Dong Khoi Street:

Cong Xa Paris → Nguyen Du → Nam Ky Khoi Nghia → Ham Nghi → Ho Tung Mau → Vo Van Kiet → Ton Duc Thang

Or:

Pham Ngoc Thach → Le Duan → Hai Ba Trung → Cong Truong Lam Son → Dong Khoi

For those who need to travel on Ly Tu Trong Street:

Ly Tu Trong → Pasteur → Le Duan → Hai Ba Trung → Ly Tu Trong

Or:

Ly Tu Trong → Nam Ky Khoi Nghia → Ham Nghi → Ho Tung Mau → Vo Van Kiet → Ton Duc Thang

For those who need to travel on Le Thanh Ton Street:

Le Thanh Ton → Hai Ba Trung → Nguyen Du → Nam Ky Khoi Nghia → Le Thanh Ton

Or:

Le Thanh Ton → Hai Ba Trung → Cong Truong Me Linh → Ton Duc Thang → Ham Nghi → Pasteur → Le Thanh Ton

Below is the detailed map of the alternative routes provided by the Department of Transport. For a full-size image, click on the map.

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Photos of the rehearsal:

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