The Times Square building on Jalan Raja Dr Nazrin Shah Street where a fire killed six people. – Photo The Star Viet Nam News IPOH – Two Vietnamese girls were among the six victims who died in a fire on Wednesday morning at an entertainment centre in Ipoh, the capital city of the Malaysian state of Perak, The Star reported. According to Perak Fire and Rescue Department, the fire occurred on the fourth floor of the Times Square building. The bodies were recovered from a karaoke room, a toilet and an emergency exit. They are believed to have died from smoke inhalation. The two Vietnamese girls have been identified as Nguyễn Thị Thuỳ Dương, 21, and Nguyễn Thị Trang, 19. Local authorities are investigating the cause of the fire. – VNS
Some of the items include: Salt Buying a small bag of salt is highly recommended during the first days of the Lunar New Year. This is based on the belief that it will bring one’s family luck and prosperity. Fire Fire is widely considered lucky to Vietnamese people in the Lunar New Year. Many people purchase boxes of matches and lighters in a hope that they will bring them good luck throughout the year. A blessing from a Confucian scholar Asking for a blessing from calligraphers on the first days of the Lunar New Year is a popular tradition in Vietnam. The custom of asking for such words is a cultural practice surrounding people’s beliefs and their aspirations to do good. Gold Traditionally, Vietnamese people buy gold to bring good luck and prosperity throughout the year. Grilled snakehead In Ho Chi Minh City, grilled snakeheads are a must when worshipping the Gods of Wealth. This is usually done if you’re hope for a prosperity in the new year. Roasted pigs and ducks Roasted pigs and ducks are also among the must-have dishes on the first days of the year. Lottery tickets Some people choose to try their luck on the lottery. Some of the items include: Salt Buying a small bag of salt is highly recommended during the first days of the Lunar New Year. This is based on the belief that it will bring one’s family luck and prosperity. Fire Fire is widely considered lucky to Vietnamese people in… [Read full story]
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI – A total 287 apartment buildings and high-rise buildings in Hà Nội have been reported for violating regulations on fire prevention and control. Statistics from the city’s Department of Fire Fighting and Prevention Police show the city now has 1,109 apartment and high-rise buildings. According to Hà Nội’s Inspectorate Department, most of the violating buildings were very slow in fixing their problems, Hà Nội Mới (New Hà Nội) newspaper reported. For example, the department has discovered 24 apartment buildings in the city that are below standards on fire prevention and control since April. But only four buildings have been fixed so far, the department said. Causes A specialist in construction design said the cost to complete a fire protection system accounted for about 2 per cent of the project’s total capital investment. So, for a medium-size apartment building, the cost is estimated to be about VNĐ15-20 billion (US$642,500-857,000). A current sanction for violating regulations on fire prevention and control in investment and construction is only about VNĐ10-30 million ($428-1,286) under Decree 52/2012/NĐ-CP. The amount is too small to deter violators, he said. Another problem is that some apartment buildings failed to maintain their fire prevention and control systems. Major General Hoàng Quốc Định, deputy head of the city’s Police Department said this was because investors often find ways to temporarily satisfy safety regulations. Solutions In response to the situation, the city’s police department has launched a plan called ‘General inspection of fire prevention, control and… [Read full story]
Local residents said they discovered black smoke billowing out of the Quang Minh 68 high-speed ship, numbered QN-3338. As soon as the alarm was raised, recue force in Quang Ninh province immediately arrived to the scene to put out the fire. Other boats in the vicinity were asked to hurriedly move away from the scene to prevent the blaze from spreading and creating an even more substantial emergency. As the ship is made from composite materials, it was completely destroyed by the fire in a matter of minutes.. Fortunately there were no casualties. According to an initial investigation, the fire broke out in the ship’s engine room.
The blaze sparked from the workshop area of Ha Hung Pharmacy Joint Stock Company in Nhu Quynh town, Van Lam commune, Hung Yen district at 10 am. The fire rapidly engulfed the area, sending huge plumes of black smoke into the air and destroying the contents inside the workshop. The sheet-metal roof that was on top of the workshop also completely collapsed. After the fire alarm was raised, fire fighters and six fire engines were mobilized to the scene to tackle the blaze. Fire crews were battling the fire until 11:30 am when the fire was finally brought under control. Despite this, fire brigade teams continued to spray water to prevent the fire from erupting again and spreading to other workshops. There were no reports of casualties and damage to properties other than the workshop. The cause of the incident is still under investigation.
Locals first heard an explosion coming from the higher floors of the 4-star A&Em Hotel on Thu Khoa Huan Street, District 1, and soon saw flames and smoke emanate from the building. “I was working in a construction site opposite to the hotel and I saw a lot of fire and smoke coming out after the explosion,” said Xuan, a worker near the scene. The A&em hotel in Saigon catches fire. Photo by VnExpress The fire caused dozens of foreigners ran outside in panic. The hotel’s staff tried to put out the fire using mini extinguishers and led the guests outside safely. Firefighters later came to the scene and put out the fire in minutes. The fire might have been started by welding sparks created by three welders hired by the hotel to make an iron door on its higher floors. The sparks might have set nearby objects on fire and triggered the blaze, said Doan Ngoc Hai, Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1. “The three welders have been requested to go to the local police station for further investigation,” he said. No casualty was reported. The fire’s aftermath. Photo by VnExpress Ho Chi Minh City, the largest metropolis in Vietnam, reported more than 1,000 fires last year, which killed 26 people and caused damage worth around $4 million. Saigon hotel catches fire, foreign guests panic video cháy 20s