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At least seven dead in Hanoi workshop blaze

AFP  |  Hanoi 

At least seven people were killed in Friday after a deadly fire engulfed several manufacturing workshops and warehouses, reported.

The overnight fire engulfed small plants making recycling bins and silica gel sachets as well as storage centres for frozen goods and wooden products, according to the official Agency.

VNA earlier put the toll at five, later revising it up. "Authorities took out two more bodies of five victims of the fire at the workshops... bringing the number of dead to seven," it reported after the fire in Hanoi's residential Liem district.

One remained unaccounted for by late Friday afternoon. The fire started in the early hours of the morning and was extinguished by dawn. Police said they were investigating the cause.

Images from the scene showed firefighters removing bodies from the charred site, with collapsed among the burnt debris.

Witnesses said the blaze quickly swallowed the workshops and warehouses, informal commercial buildings commonly seen across

"In just 20 minutes, the fire from the plastic workshop went up really high... no one was able to approach it because the fire was too strong," witness told site VnExpress.

Big blazes are relatively common in Vietnam, where fire prevention and firefighting services remain underdeveloped. Thirteen people were killed in an apartment complex fire in last year after the high-rise was engulfed in flames overnight, trapping many inside their homes.

That was Vietnam's deadliest fire since 2016 when a blaze in a karaoke bar in left 13 people dead, Most were government workers who died in the club's soundproof chambers.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 17:40 IST