A city official says a fire at a condominium complex in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City has killed at least 13 people and injured another 27. The city fire and police department official says it’s unclear whether anyone is missing in the blaze early today morning and declined to give more details.
More than 700 apartments in the three buildings were built six years ago. The official Vietnam News Agency reported that most people died of suffocation or jumping from high floors.
It said 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.