Witnesses said they were awakened by two big explosions from lane 384 of Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Road in district 3 at 00.30am. A big fire flared up and within minutes four houses in the lane were engulfed in flames.
|Rescue workers trying to search for victims inside the collapsed houses
The explosion reduced three houses to rubble, and 10 people were said to be trapped inside.
The HCM City Fire Brigade deployed 13 fire trucks and more than 100 fire fighters to extinguish the roaring blaze.
Initial investigations showed that the explosions came from a two-storey house that contains film props, owned by Le Minh Phuong.
Phuong, 46, designs props for film crews. He is also director of Lac Viet company that specialises in film production and prop effects.
A total of six people in his house, including Phuong, his wife, their three children and a housemaid, were found burnt to death.
Rescue workers also pulled four other dead bodies from debris.
Relevant agencies cordoned off the scene and looked into the cause of the case.