Conference on fire fighting, prevention held in Hanoi after Rang Dong incident

The Hanoi Department of Public Security yesterday held a scientific conference themed ‘Improving the Task of Handling Administrative Violations regarding Fire Fighting and Prevention in Hanoi’.

The fire at the warehouse of Rang Dong Light Source and Vacuum Flask Jsc (Photo: SGGP)

The fire at the warehouse of Rang Dong Light Source and Vacuum Flask Jsc (Photo: SGGP)

In this conference, the serious incident of blazing fire in the 6,000-meter-square warehouse of Rang Dong Light Source and Vacuum Flask Joint Stock Company (located in Thanh Xuan District of Hanoi) on August 28 was mentioned due to its large-scale negative impacts as well as complex investigation.

The Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee and the city’s Department of Public Security agreed to assign the Division of Criminal Police and the local police staff in Thanh Xuan District to examine the specific causes of this fire.

Meanwhile, the public are warned against using vegetables, fruits, poultry, fish, or meat originated 1km from this area in the next 21 days. Water stored in open reservoirs sited about 1km from this fire is also advised not to be drunk.

It is reported that in the neighborhood of the destroyed warehouse, there is much smoke and harmful smell. Therefore, children, the elderly, and sick people need transferring out of this dangerous area in the next 1 to 10 days.

The local authorities in Ha Dinh Ward suggest each household should carefully monitor the health status of all members to see if there is the signal of cough, breathing difficulties, tight chest pain, or abnormal fever.

Residents in the area are asked to strictly handle all clothes which were affected by fire smoke by soaking them in hot soap liquid in 30 minutes and then in bleaching agent in 20 minutes, followed by fresh clean water several times.

The exterior of all houses located near the fire are requested to be cleaned with dense liquid soap two to three times, and then clean water. All self-grown vegetables and fruits in the radius of 500 meters are demanded to be destroyed.

Preliminary statistics from Rang Dong Light Source and Vacuum Flask Jsc display a property damage worth around VND150 billion (approx. $6.45 million), equal to nearly 5 percent of the total asset of this company.

By DO TRONG – GIA KHANH – Translated by Vien Hong

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