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Fire hits largest garbage dump in Da Nang

Fire hits largest garbage dump in Da Nang

Monday, June 14, 2021, 15:13 GMT+7
Fire hits largest garbage dump in Da Nang
Clouds of smoke from a landfill fire in Lien Chieu Ward, Da Nang City, Vietnam. Photo: Huy Linh / Tuoi Tre

A thick column of grey smoke was spotted for hours in Da Nang on Sunday as a fire struck the biggest landfill in the central Vietnamese city.

The blaze started at around 2:00 pm at Khanh Son Landfill in Lien Chieu District, causing numerous challenges to local firefighters due to its scale and the availability of inflammable materials.

After the fire broke out, firefighting policemen of Da Nang together with specialized fire trucks were promptly sent to the location to address it.

Leaders of the Da Nang People’s Committee and the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment also arrived at the conflagration scene to provide guidance on handling the incident.

On Sunday evening, the firefighters were still working to put out the fire.

Columns of smoke from a landfill fire in Lien Chieu Ward, Da Nang City, Vietnam. Photo: Huy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Columns of smoke from a landfill fire in Lien Chieu Ward, Da Nang City, Vietnam. Photo: Huy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Khanh Son is the biggest landfill in Da Nang, with the majority of disposal content being inflammable materials, which greatly hindered the effort to extinguish the flames.

Toxic columns of grey smoke released from the blaze also complicated the firefighting drive.

Fire policemen use water hoses to put out a landfill fire in Lien Chieu Ward, Da Nang City, Vietnam. Photo: Huy Linh / Tuoi Tre

Firefighters use water hoses to extinguish a landfill fire in Lien Chieu Ward, Da Nang City, Vietnam. Photo: Huy Linh / Tuoi Tre

According to the local fire brigade, the conflagration ignited deep down in the pile of trash, which may sustain for a long time.

To handle it, firefighters were required to either dig down or use specialized chemicals.

Back in 2015, the Khanh Son Landfill was struck by another fire that sustained for 20 hours.

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