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Seven rescued as fire breaks out at diner in Saigon's ‘backpacker area’

Friday, July 03, 2020, 18:40 GMT+7
Seven rescued as fire breaks out at diner in Saigon's ‘backpacker area’
A fire breaks out at a diner on De Tham Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, July 3, 2020 in this photo provided by police officers.

Firefighting police in Ho Chi Minh City were able to rescue seven people in a family after a fire broke out at a diner located in the city’s ‘backpacker area’ on Friday morning.

The flames hit a two-story diner on De Tham Street in Cau Ong Lanh Ward, District 1 at around 6:45 am, according to preliminary information.

Local residents first noticed smoke coming out of the venue and joined hands to put out the flames, but were not able to keep them under control.

Several fire trucks and dozens of firefighting officers later arrived at the location to extinguish the blaze and rescued seven people in the family, including five adults and two children.

A diner is slightly damaged following a fire in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, July 3, 2020. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

A diner is slightly damaged following a fire in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, July 3, 2020. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Initial investigation showed that the fire was caused by a gas leak.

No one was harmed in the incident, and no significant damage was caused to the facility.

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