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Tourists run for life as restaurant in downtown Ho Chi Minh City catches fire

Saturday, March 09, 2019, 13:32 GMT+7
Tourists run for life as restaurant in downtown Ho Chi Minh City catches fire
Black smoke is seen from a restaurant building in Ho Chi Minh City, March 9, 2019. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre

Foreign tourists and attendants ran out in panic as a restaurant in District 1, the central business district of Ho Chi Minh City, caught fire on Saturday morning.

Flames were first seen off the Hang Duong Restaurant, a multi-story building on Ngo Duc Ke Street, near the city’s Nguyen Hue Walking Street, at around 10:30 am, according to people living in the area.

The fire began to grow rapidly, with flames soon licking the top of the building. By 11:15 am, dense black smoke from the fire could be seen engulfing nearby houses and buildings.

The whole Ngo Duc Ke Street was blocked as firefighters worked to contain the blaze.

The fire was put out just before noon, with local authorities confirming that the restaurant was not crowded at the time of the incident, so there were no casualties.

An investigation is underway to identify the cause of the fire, as well as to calculate the damage.

Ladder trucks are dispatched to the scene. Photo: T.T.Dung / Tuoi Tre
Ladder trucks are dispatched to the scene. Photo: T.T.Dung / Tuoi Tre
A firefighter works on a ladder truck. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre
A firefighter works on a ladder truck. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre
A firefighter works on a ladder truck. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre
A firefighter works on a ladder truck. Photo: Le Phan / Tuoi Tre
Black smoke is seen from the top of a restaurant building in Ho Chi Minh City, March 9, 2019. Photo: Anh Hong / Tuoi Tre
Black smoke is seen from the top of a restaurant building in Ho Chi Minh City, March 9, 2019. Photo: Anh Hong / Tuoi Tre

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