Functional forces in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang are investigating the cause and calculating damage after many fishing boats at Ba Hon Port suddenly burst into flames on Friday evening.
A large number of fishing boats have returned from sea to Ba Hon Port in Kien Luong District, Kien Giang and docked there in recent days as fishermen come home for the Lunar New Year celebrations.
Around 8:00 pm on Friday, a fire broke out from an unknown source before spreading to the fishing boats anchored at the port and growing bigger.
Local authorities sent more than 50 firemen and four fire trucks to the scene to carry out a rescue and put out the blaze by the middle of the night.
They are also clarifying the cause of the incident.
Preliminary statictics showed that the fire burned at least 11 fishing boats, damaged many properties and two temporary houses, as well as scorched three other adjacent houses, according to Le Thanh Huong, chairman of Kien Luong District.
The district administration is considering giving financial supports to the ship owners and affected households in accordance with the government regulations, Huong said.