A Vietnamese-flagged oil tanker suddenly caught fire when it was anchored at a river port in the southern province of Dong Nai on Sunday, killing two people on board and seriously injuring another.
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The blaze broke out aboard the ship Song Tien 26 at around 8:00 pm on a section of Dong Nai River that runs through An Hao ferry landing based in Hiep Hoa Commune in the provincial capital Bien Hoa City.
Upon arriving at the scene, local firefighters and rescuers managed to push the boat far from the shore to prevent the fire from spreading and eventually put it out two and a half hours later, according to Chu Van Lien, deputy director of the Dong Nai Firefighting Department.
Lien said two bodies were found on the tanker while the injured victim is being treated at a local hospital.
The official added that the ship was berthed at Cogido Port located in An Binh Ward when it burst into flames.
Meanwhile, residents living nearby said they heard a big explosion coming from the oil tanker before the fire.
Local police have examined the scene and questioned people involved to determine the cause of the incident.
Video of the oil tanker fire. Source: Tuoi Tre
The ship Song Tien 26 is seen on fire on May 4, 2014. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Firefighters splash water onto the fire that hit the ship Song Tien 26 on May 4, 2014. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A firefighter manages to extinguish the fire that hit the ship Song Tien 26 on May 4, 2014. Photo: Tuoi Tre
It took firefighters two and a half hours to extinguish the fire. Photo: Tuoi Tre
In a separate incident the same day, an intensive fire hit Thanh Dat Paper Manufacturing Services Trading Ltd. Company, located at the Phong Ke Industrial Park in the northern province of Bac Ninh.
More than ten fire trucks were deployed to the scene to subdue the blaze. According to some reports, as of 4:00 am on May 5, the inferno was not yet under control.
The fire burnt down factories and warehouses covering an area of 6,000 sq. meters in addition to some machinery, according to a local senior police officer.
The fire has caused an estimated loss of hundreds of billions of dong, although there were no reports of human casualties.
A fire is seen raging through Thanh Dat Paper Manufacturing Services Trading Ltd. Company in Bac Ninh on May 4, 2014. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Factories and warehouses were burnt down during the fire that hit Thanh Dat Paper Manufacturing Services Trading Ltd. Company in Bac Ninh on May 4, 2014. Photo: Tuoi Tre