Some 2,000 people working at Bitexco Financial Tower joined 200 firefighters of the municipal fire bridge in a large-scale fire drill at Ho Chi Minh City’s tallest skyscraper on Wednesday.
The drill was carried out based on a scenario whereby a 16-seater car was heading downward from the basement B1 to B2 when it crashed into a four-seater sedan traveling on the opposite direction. The fuel leaked from the crash then caught fire, with the blaze quickly spreading to the entire basement.
The smoke and toxic air caused by the fire then filled the entire 68-story tower, threatening thousands of employees of companies in the skyscraper, as well as their customers.
The blaze was also likely to break the tower’s windows and ceilings, eventually making the entire building to give way.
In response, the Ho Chi Minh City firefighting department immediately had the entire electricity system for the tower shutdown and instructed some 2,000 people to exit the building on fire.
Firefighters also made use of the loudspeaker systems to calm people down and remind them not to jostle, and to assist pregnant woman, the elder and children to leave the tower first.
The scenario also meant to have ten people injured while many stuck in the building, failing to find the way out.
In the end, a total of 200 firefighters were dispatched to the scene, where they quickly rescued victims and extinguished the fire using fire trucks equipped with modern technology.