Hanoi: Thirteen people were killed and several injured when a fire broke out at an apartment complex in Vietnam’s southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City early on Friday, authorities said.
The fire in the Carina Plaza highrise building started around midnight on the lower floors of the building and soon spread to the upper floors. An official told AFP that many of the victims died of suffocation as they tried to flee the fire by running to higher floors.
“Thirteen people were pulled out dead and more than a dozen others injured. They died from suffocation,” the official from the neighbourhood’s government office told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. She said officials had not yet determined the cause of the fire.
Photos on social media showed residents being rescued from balconies and plumes of black smoke rising from the tall building.