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Fire claims lives of 3 children in Da Lat due to unattended gas stove

Fire claims lives of 3 children in Da Lat due to unattended gas stove

Monday, June 24, 2024, 14:13 GMT+7
Fire claims lives of 3 children in Da Lat due to unattended gas stove
The scene of a house fire that claimed the lives of three children on Nguyen Phi Y Lan Street in Ward 7, Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: M.V. / Tuoi Tre

A fire caused by a woman forgetting to turn off a gas stove before leaving home killed her three children in Da Lat City, located in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, on Monday morning.

The three victims were identified as six-year-old Vong Anh Khoa, four-year-old Vong Ngoc Bao An, and one-year-old Vong Minh Anh.

Their mother, 29-year-old Dau Thi Tu from north-central Nghe An Province, locked them inside their home on Nguyen Phi Y Lan Street in Ward 7, Da Lat City, before going out for grocery shopping on Monday morning. 

They were staying in the back part of a house belonging to a local resident who allows Tu’s mother, 52-year-old Nguyen Thi Tam, to live there rent-free as a favor. 

The scene of a house fire that claimed three children on Nguyen Phi Y Lan Street in Ward 7, Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: M.V. / Tuoi Tre

The scene of a house fire that claimed the lives of three children on Nguyen Phi Y Lan Street in Ward 7, Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: M.V. / Tuoi Tre

Tu had opened the gas stove to prepare breakfast for the children but forgot to turn it off before leaving, whereas Tam had already left for work.

At around 9:00 am on the same day, the homeowner’s family heard the children crying in Tam’s place and noticed a fire originating from there. 

They attempted to break down the door to rescue the children, but their efforts were unsuccessful. 

A firefighter extinguishes a house fire that claimed three children on Nguyen Phi Y Lan Street in Ward 7, Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: M.V. / Tuoi Tre

A firefighter extinguishes a house fire that claimed the lives of three children on Nguyen Phi Y Lan Street in Ward 7, Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam. Photo: M.V. / Tuoi Tre

Subsequently, they alerted others to help extinguish the fire, but due to its intensity, they were unable to contain it.

Local authorities initiated investigation procedures and visited the victims’ family to offer support and condolences.

The Da Lat City People’s Committee has pledged financial assistance of VND18 million (US$707) for each deceased child.

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Bao Anh - M.V. / Tuoi Tre News

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