Carina Plaza owner arrested in fire probe

April 21, 2018 | 09:53
The investigative police unit in Ho Chi Minh City has issued a decision to arrest Nguyen Van Tung, investor of the Carina Plaza in the city as part of an investigation into a serious blaze that occurred on March 23 and killed 13 people.
carina plaza owner arrested in fire probe
On March 23, a blaze, which was caused by a motorcycle in the parking area of the Carina building, broke out and killed 13 people. Photo: VNA/VNS

Tung, who is the director of the Hung Thanh Ltd Company, will be put in custody for four months.

The information was confirmed by Colonel Nguyen Sy Quang, spokesman of the Ho Chi Minh City Police Department.

The proceedings are in line with the 2015 Criminal Code’s Article 313 on violation of fire safety regulations.

On March 23, a blaze, which was caused by a motorcycle in the parking area of the Carina building, broke out and killed 13 people, with 11 of them dying of smoke inhalation and two jumping out of windows or balconies.

Some 90 more people were injured and had to be hospitalised. The fire also destroyed 150 motorcycles and five cars, causing damage to another 10 cars.

Previously, investigators on March 26 pressed charges relating to the inferno at the Carina Plaza residential block, which they said resulted from violations of fire prevention and fighting rules.

The authorities also identified that the investor of Carina Plaza had not properly followed fire safety regulations. When the fire broke out, it turned out that many items of required equipment were not present, and the fire alarms and sprinklers did not work.

VNA

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