The fire was sparked in a hold of the squid fishing vessel, and spread rapidly with thick columns of black smoke. The boat was engulfed in flames within 30 minutes. The vessel’s owner, crewmen, and local residents failed to extinguish the fire.
Fire engines and hundreds of fire fighters were mobilized to tackle the blaze, which took more than an hour to be brought under control.
The huge fire destroyed property on the vessel worth more than VND10 billion. Nguyen Van Thinh, vice chairman of Nui Thanh district’s People’s Committee said the preliminary cause of the fire is a short circuit in the hold of the fishing vessel.