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Man critically injured in fuel tanker fire

Police are still trying to determine the cause of a fuel tanker fire that left one person with critical injuries in Nahai village, Xaysettha district, Vientiane, on Tuesday.

The Vientiane Fire Prevention and Protection Police Department said yesterday the fire started at around 5:30pm and that it took them quite a long time to have it fully under control, pumping water inside the burning tankers to quell the flames.

Police believe the fire started when the fuel tankers were offloading petrol but do not yet know what caused the fire to ignite.

The man who was responsible for offloading the petrol was burnt when the flames scalded his body during the incident.

Fire engines were called to the scene to subdue the flames and ensure the tankers were safe as fire fighters worked for over two hours to completely extinguish the blaze.

Police are now investigating the cause of the fire and assessing the cost of the damage.

In March of last year, one person was killed when two fuel tankers burned in Phonsavang village, Phonhong district, Vientiane province. Similarly, police believe the fire started while petrol was being offloading but do not know what caused the fire to ignite.

The explosion produced flames that killed a young attendant named as Mr Toy, 19. Also at the end of last year, another fire engulfed two fuel tankers at a petrol station in Phonsoung village, Thakhaek district, Khammuan province, causing damage amounting to many millions of kip. Luckily no one was badly hurt in the incident.

According to the Fire Prevention and Protection Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security, more than 40 accidental fires occurred nationwide in the first two months of 2017, damaging 60 houses and killing four people.

Four other people were injured and the cost of the damages was in the billions of kip. Fifteen of those fires occurred in Vientiane.

In comparison, during 2016 some 140 fires were reported around the country, killing one person, injuring two others and causing over 115 billion kip in damage.

With 40 fires already reported in January and February of this year, the department is warning the public to be on their guard, to prevent the loss of more houses and other properties.

One of the biggest fires of the year so far occurred in Donkham village, Houn district, Oudomxay province, when 26 houses burned down on February 11.

Another fire saw 16 Xeno chicken grill shops in Xay-oudom village, Outhoumphon district, Savannakhet province destroyed on February 19, with losses estimated at over 498 million kip.

Fire officials want to remind the public that a fire can occur at any time and can be caused by electrical faults, lit candles, failure to check electrical devices and appliances before leaving home, burning garbage, or children being left unattended in the home.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update March 23, 2017)

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