Hanoi fire forces evacuation at children’s hospital

Tuesday, 2018-09-18 10:13:11
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The house fire at La Thanh Street in central Hanoi
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NDO - A fire broke out at a house on the capital city’s La Thanh Street, near the Central Children Hospital, on September 17, forcing patients and their families in parts of the hospital to be evacuated.

Reportedly starting at around 6pm, the fire later spread to seven neighbouring houses and was approaching the hospital with smoke seen billowing from the area.

All patients being treated in the B and C sections of the hospital were evacuated.

Many fire engines were dispatched to the scene, while several nearby streets were cordoned off. Traffic through La Thanh Street was also diverted to other routes.

The fire was mostly contained by 8pm with no reports of human casualties. The cause of the fire is now under investigation.

The fire broke out at a house on La Thanh Street. (Photo: Truong Son)

The fire quickly spread to other nearby houses. (Photo: Truong Son)

The scene of the house fire (Photo: Minh Ha)

Firefighters and fire engines were deployed to the scene of the fire. (Photo: Minh Ha)

A fireman trying to put out the fire. (Photo: Truong Son)

Assets of nearby shops were moved outside to prevent them from catching fire. (Photo: Minh Ha)

Local residents watched as efforts to fight the fire were underway. (Photo: Minh Ha)

A column of black smoke was seen billowing from the fire.

Evacuated patients and their families returned to their rooms after the fire was contained. (Photo: Manh Hung)