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2 killed, 13 hospitalized as fire engulfs building in north-central Vietnam

Friday, January 17, 2020, 11:50 GMT+7
2 killed, 13 hospitalized as fire engulfs building in north-central Vietnam
Firefighting police officers are dispatched to fight the blaze at a building in the north-central Vietnamese province of Thanh Hoa on January 16, 2020. Photo: Binh An / Tuoi Tre

At least two people are dead while 13 others have been hospitalized after flames engulfed an office building in the north-central Vietnamese province of Thanh Hoa on Thursday.

The flames first broke out on the second floor of the14-story building on Le Loi Avenue in Thanh Hoa City, the capital of the namesake province, at around 6:15 pm on Thursday. 

It did not take long before the fire engulfed the adjacent floors.

The building is owned by the PetroVietnam Construction Joint Stock Corporation, though space in the building is leased to other firms.

The fire breaks out at the 14-story building in Thanh Hoa Province on January 16, 2020. Photo: Binh An / Tuoi Tre

The fire breaks out at the 14-story building in Thanh Hoa Province on January 16, 2020. Photo: Binh An / Tuoi Tre

People trapped inside the building were forced to flee to the upper floors.

Hundreds of firefighting police officers were dispatched to the scene, eventually putting an end to the inferno at 10:30 pm the same day.

A total of 15 victims were brought to the Thanh Hoa Province General Hospital following the incident.

The victims are being treated at Thanh Hoa Province General Hospital. Photo: Ha Dong / Tuoi Tre

The victims are being treated at Thanh Hoa Province General Hospital. Photo: Ha Dong / Tuoi Tre

According to Hoang Huu Truong, deputy director of the infirmary, two of the victims, N.T.T.H., 26, and L.T.P., 29, have passed away due to gas asphyxiation.

Two of the injured are on ventilators, while the other 11, including three firefighters, are now in stable conditions.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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