A man with suspected mental illness died after he caused a house fire by burning papers in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday.
The blaze broke out at a house on 14A Street in Binh Hung Hoa A Ward, Binh Tan District at around 7:15 am, according to police officers.
Three people including Vo Tat Dat, 46, and his two sons, 17-year-old Vo Cong Danh and 12-year-old Vo Danh Nhan, were still inside at the time.
Local residents tried in vain to put out the fire or break open the door.
The flames were extinguished at around 7:45 am after firefighting police arrived at the scene.
Dat suffered serious burns and was rushed to Cho Ray Hospital, a major medical center in the city, for emergency treatment.
|The house is damaged following the fire in Binh Tan District, Ho Chi Minh, September 5, 2021 in this supplied photo.|
However, he passed away at 8:20 am the same day.
The fire burned down about 25 out of 99 square meters of the ground floor along with many assets.
Preliminary information showed that Dat might have caused the house fire as he burned some paper documents on the ground floor.
Local residents said the man had been showing signs of mental illness.
Further investigation is ongoing.