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​Inferno wrecks havoc on Hanoi market

Sunday, April 01, 2018, 10:42 GMT+7
​Inferno wrecks havoc on Hanoi market
The Quang Market in Hanoi is seen after the fire on March 31, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A conflagration engulfed a market in Hanoi on Saturday afternoon, burning down the two-story main section of the venue along with dozens of stalls.

The flames started at around 2:00 pm at a closed stall within the Quang Market in Thanh Liet Commune, Thanh Tri District before spreading to other areas.

As managers of the market could not put out the blaze with their fire extinguishers, firefighting officers were dispatched to the site about 30 minutes later.

The two-story main section of the market in the wake of the flames. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The two-story main section of the market in the wake of the flames. Photo: Tuoi Tre

They were able to extinguish the inferno at around 4:00 pm, but dozens of stalls inside the two-floor main section of the market had been severely damaged.

Although there were no casualties, the fire destroyed the property of many merchants.

Many sellers could not hold back their tears after seeing their products, which cost a fortune, were reduced to ashes.

Products and stalls inside the venue are completely burned down. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Products and stalls inside the venue are completely burned down. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Merchants at the market often close their stalls to take a break in the afternoon, witnesses said, adding that many of them did not have time to move their goods out when the fire occurred.

According to Nguyen Van Phong, chairman of the People’s Committee in Thanh Liet Commune, the total damage has yet to be calculated.

Competent agencies are working out the cause of the blaze, Phong added.

Products and stalls inside the venue are completely burned down. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Products and stalls inside the venue are completely burned down. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A motorbike is destroyed by the fire. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A motorbike is destroyed by the fire. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Firefighters try to cool down the temperature. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Firefighters try to cool down the temperature. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Merchants react after seeing their products destroyed by the flames. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Merchants react after seeing their products destroyed by the flames. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A seller nearly fainted after inhaling smoke caused by the fire. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A seller nearly fainted after inhaling smoke caused by the fire. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Local residents help sellers gather their goods. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Local residents help sellers gather their goods. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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