A fire broke out at a beauty salon in the northern Vietnamese city of Hai Phong on Tuesday, causing employees at the facility to flee for their lives.
The incident occurred at a beauty parlor on Nguyen Duc Canh Street in Le Chan District at around 2:25 pm.
According to local residents, the fire began in an electronic advertising board and quickly devoured the entire building.
Witnesses signaled employees inside the facility to escape, and attempted to put out the fire with fire extinguishers, but their efforts were in vain.
Thanks to the early warning, all employees inside the building were able to safely escape.
Given the beauty salons proximity to a restaurant and a household gas cylinder shop, local residents decided to evacuate the area until the firefighting police had arrive.
Fire trucks arrived 15 minutes after being notified and prevented the inferno from spreading to nearby houses.
Preliminary information showed that the fire was caused by an electrical problem within the advertising board.
Competent authorities in Hai Phong are now working with police in Le Chan District to further investigate the case as well as to calculate the damage caused by the flames.
In related news, fire also occurred at three locations across Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday.
In one case, a scrap metal facility in District 9 caught fire, taking firefighting units nearly four hours to control the blaze.
The other two fires broke out at a housing complex in Tan Binh District and a restaurant in District 1.