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Argentine tourist killed in downtown Saigon hotel fire

Wednesday, October 08, 2014, 17:41 GMT+7
Argentine tourist killed in downtown Saigon hotel fire
The fire scene is seen on Nguyen Van Trang Street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, in this photo taken on October 8, 2014.

An Argentinean tourist was killed in a fire that hit a hotel in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday.

The foreigner has been identified as 21-year-old Argentinean national Julieta Kohner, police said.

A preliminary probe found that at 6:00 am the same day, Julieta Kohner came to Budget Saigon Hostel close to the Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area – a popular tourist destination in central Ho Chi Minh City – and stayed in an 18-bed room.

Witnesses nearby told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that they saw smoke coming from the first floor of the hotel. After that, hotel staff and local residents dashed to find fire extinguishers to battle the flame but they failed to control it.

Informed of the hotel fire, more than 30 firefighters came to the scene on five trucks and put it out. Julieta Kohner was found dead in the blaze while two other people were given medical care after they suffered smoke inhalation.  

Nguyen Van Trang Street, where the hotel is located, has been blocked for police investigation.

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