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Fire at condominium in southern Vietnam kills at least 13

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Hanoi, Vietnam: A major fire broke out at a condominium complex in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City has killed at least 13 people and injured another 27. Most people died of suffocation or jumping from high floors.

According to official, it’s unclear whether anyone is missing in the blaze early today morning and declined to give more details.

According to condominium resident Le Thi Cam’s statement, “We were awakened by loud noise. We ran out of the apartment but there was a lot of smoke. We only had enough time to grab the mobile phone, wet some towels to cover ourselves and ran out”.

The three buildings with more than 700 apartments were built six years ago in Vietnam’s southern commercial hub. The three buildings have 14 to 20 floors, he said.

Reportedly, the blaze started in the basement parking area and took more than 200 firefighters more than an hour to put under control.

In 2002, a fire at a trade centre in the southern commercial hub’s downtown killed 60 people in one of Vietnam’s worst fires.

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