Vietnam film special effects warehouse explosion kills 10 (including a 7yr old girl) – 240213 2320z

At least 10 people were killed and many were trapped under rubber after three houses in a small alley in south Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City’s District 3 collapsed following two explosions at dawn on Sunday, local media reported.

Manh Linh / Vietnam News Agency via Reuters Rescuers search for victims at a damaged warehouse in Vietnam’s southern Ho Chi Minh city in this picture provided by Vietnam News Agency February 24, 2013. Twin blasts at a warehouse owned by a cinema special effects expert killed 10 people and reduced three homes to burning rubble in Vietnam’s biggest city, state media reported on Sunday.

A family of seven was among the dead in the explosion, and some injured have been sent to a local hospital, a report said.

According to Vietnamese state-run news agency VNA, the explosion broke out in a populated area in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City where many private houses are located.

Initial information has it that local people living in the alley on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street in front of Vinh Nghiem Pagoda heard two explosions in five minutes and later discovered three houses were in flames with walls already collapsing, Tuoi Tre, a Ho Chi Minh City-based daily’s website, reported.

Local residents said the explosions occurred at around 0:15 a.m. local time on Sunday.

According to the Tuoi Tre report, after being informed of the incident, hundreds of firefighters on more than 12 fire trucks came to their rescue.

The blast also caused a shockwave that shook houses within a radius of several hundreds of meters and even broke some windows.

Tuoi Tre quoted a local woman named Nguyen Thi Phuong, who was sleeping in her house at the time of the incident, as saying,

“My family of four heard a big explosion that shook the whole house. We felt a surge of panic then and later smelt the smoke allegedly coming from fire-crackers. We fled our house to safer areas.”

Sunday, 24 February, 2013 at 13:43 (01:43 PM) UTC RSOE

“Ten people, including six family members, died early Sunday morning in two successive blasts that destroyed three houses in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Local people living in the alley number 384 on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street in District 3 said that they heard two explosions in five minutes and then saw the three houses were in flames.

The disaster occurred around 0:15, they said, adding hundreds of firefighters on more than twelve fire trucks arrived at the scene about twenty minutes later.

The blasts sent shock waves to houses within a radius of several hundreds of meters and even broke some windows, they said.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the explosions erupted at the address 384/9 where 58-year-old Le Minh Phuong store his movie props, including tools to create fire and smoke effects.

Phuong was said to have created smoke and fire effects for movies by local filmmakers for six or seven years.

His acquaintances said that they had met Phuong late Saturday night when the man told of returning home to prepare some props for a film shoot in the touristy city of Vung Tau the next day.

Police confirmed that Phuong and his five other family members, including his 7-year-old youngest daughter, were among the dead while two of the other four victims bodies have yet to be identified.

Local authorities are still examining the cause of the catastrophe.” – tuoitrenews.vn

Amateur videos of city explosions that killed ten

“Blast in Vietnam film special effects warehouse kills 10

Twin blasts at a warehouse owned by a cinema special effects expert killed 10 people and reduced three homes to burning rubble in Vietnam’s biggest city, state media reported on Sunday.

Teams of firefighters worked through the early hours after the overnight explosions and found three survivors among the bodies buried beneath what was left of the houses in southern Ho Chi Minh City early on Sunday, the Tuoi Tre newspaper said

Among the dead was Le Minh Phuong, 58, who worked in pyrotechnics for local films and stored explosives in his home, which doubled as a warehouse, Tuoi Tre said, citing preliminary police investigations.

Six members of Phuong’s family, including his six-year-old daughter, were also killed. Police said they believed the explosions were triggered by accident.

Local residents fled after the blasts shook homes located within a 500-metre radius, according to the news website VNExpress.” – By Martin Petty, Reuters (via NBC News)

 

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