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Fire prompted by gas explosion kills four, injures one in Vietnam

Fire prompted by gas explosion kills four, injures one in Vietnam

Monday, August 16, 2021, 12:56 GMT+7
Fire prompted by gas explosion kills four, injures one in Vietnam
The scene of a fire prompted by a gas explosion in Thuy Nguyen District, Hai Phong City, Vietnam, August 15, 2021. Photo: Khac Viet / Tuoi Tre

Four people were killed and another was severely injured following a propane explosion that set fire to a house in Thuy Nguyen District, Hai Phong City in northern Vietnam on Sunday evening.

A gas cylinder exploded at the house of Nguyen Van Hai, 55, in Kien Bai Commune, Thuy Nguyen District at 7:56 pm on Sunday, according to local police.

The explosion set the house on fire, killing Hai’s four family members on the spot, including his 50-year-old wife Nguyen Thi Thuy, 31-year-old pregnant daughter Nguyen Thi Hien, 31-year-old son-in-law Vu Trong Khuong, and four-year-old granddaughter Nguyen Thi Tuyet Nhi.

As firefighters and two fire trucks extinguished the blaze, the bodies of the victims were discovered in their bedrooms.

The scene of a fire prompted by a gas explosion in Thuy Nguyen District, Hai Phong City, Vietnam, August 15, 2021. Photo: Khac Viet / Tuoi Tre

The scene of a fire prompted by a gas explosion in Thuy Nguyen District, Hai Phong City, Vietnam, August 15, 2021. Photo: Khac Viet / Tuoi Tre

Meanwhile, Hai was badly injured and rushed to hospital in a critical condition.

Pham Van Thep, Party chief of Thuy Nguyen District, and the district’s chairman Nguyen Huy Hoang visited the scene to direct the investigation of the incident on the same night.

Local authorities also gave financial support of VND75.6 million (US$3,310) to the suffering family.

Police are investigating the cause of the explosion.

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