Huge fire at baby clothes store kills 4 in Vietnamese capital as govt confirms six more Covid-19 cases

HANOI, April 4: A house fire in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi has killed four family members, Vietnam News Agency reported on Sunday.

The fire broke out in a house selling baby products in Hanoi’s Dong Da district at around 11pm local time Saturday and was put down as of 8am Sunday morning, the news agency cited competent authorities as saying.

The victims include an 81-year-old man, a 40-year-old pregnant woman, her 38-year-old husband and her 10-year-old daughter, local online newspaper VnExpress reported.

Local authorities have placed a temporary lockdown on the street of the incident to conduct further investigation.

Local authorities also announced that they have decided to provided financial support worth VNĐ15 million (US$650) for each of the deceased victim.

In the first quarter of this year, a total of 626 fires and explosions occurred in Vietnam, killing 21 people and causing property losses of some 161.2 billion Vietnamese dong (US$7 million), according to the country’s General Statistics Office.

Meanwhile, Vietnam recorded six new cases of Covid-19 infection on Saturday night (April 3), raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 2,626, according to the country’s Ministry of Health.

The new cases are all Vietnamese citizens who recently entered the country from abroad and were quarantined upon arrival, said the ministry.

As many as 2,383 patients have been given the all-clear, the ministry said, adding that nearly 27,500 people are being quarantined and monitored.