Police in Vietnam’s Vinh Phuc Province have arrested a local man for causing a conflagration with a handmade petrol bomb that burned down four stores on Wednesday.
Provincial police said they had detained Nguyen Dinh Huy, 36, for detonating a handmade petrol bomb at a motorbike shop on Hung Vuong Street at around 12:30 pm.
The blaze from the bomb quickly spread to three nearby shops selling televisions and speakers.
The province’s firefighting unit deployed six fire engines and about 50 staff and rescuers to extinguish the blaze.
Ngo Minh Phuong, owner of the motorbike shop, his family, and employees were uninjured, police said.
It took about an hour for authorities to putting out the fire.
No one was injured but nearly all inventory of the stores was destroyed, police reported.
Huy initially confessed to investigators that he had committed the arson due to a debt conflict with Phuong.
He had bought petrol and poured it into five plastic bags to make them petrol bombs.
He then put the bags into a box, brought the box to Phuong’s shop, then set it on fire and threw it into the shop before fleeing on a motorbike.
Police are continuing their investigation into the case.