Massive fire destroys down factory in Can Tho

March 24, 2017 | 09:56
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Investigators are searching for the cause of a massive fire at a 5-storey commercial down cleaning and manufacturer in Can Tho.

Roughly 100 employees were inside the building owned and operated by Kwong Lung at the Tra Noc Industrial Park when flames erupted on the fifth floor just before 9:00am this morning (Mar. 23).

I opened the door, saw the fire, turned around and ran for my life, one employee told reporters at the scene.

Thick black smoke greeted the nearly 100 firefighters who responded, but inside was an inferno fed by countless pallets of the down material used to stuff items like jackets, pillows, throws and sleeping bags that were cleaned and manufactured at the plant.

We don’t know what caused it, said fire officials, and figuring out what ignited the blaze may not be easy.

We are very happy that everybody is accounted for and there are no reports of any serious injuries

As the hours dragged on and the smoke continued to billow, some Kwong Lung workers pondered out loud about their future.

I’m hopeful that they will rebuild, said one of the employees.


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