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Dozens feared dead in Vietnam apartment block fire

A deadly fire struck a large apartment block in Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi late on Tuesday.

Local media reported that around a dozen were feared dead. Some 70 people were rescued, over 50 of which needed hospital care due to injuries sustained.

The apartment block is believed to house some 150 residents in all.

The fire is believed to have started in the parking floor of the building just before midnight, witnesses told reporters. The area is packed with residents’ motorbikes.

Footage from the scene showed flames and a column of thick, dark smoke. Firefighters were seen trying to put out the fire, using hoses and ladders.

The flames were put out by early Wednesday, but rescuers still struggled to access the building, which lies in a narrow alley in a Hanoi residential area.

Deadly fires are common in Vietnam. In recent years, several fires have killed many, including one at a Karaoke bar last year which killed over 30 people.

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