Eight workers have died and five factories have been burned down after a fire broke out at a plastics workshop in Hanoi, authorities say.
The fire broke in the early hours of Friday at a workshop belonging to Environment 79, a company that makes plastic rubbish bins, during the night shift in the Vietnamese capital’s Nam Tu Liem district, according to a statement issued by the city government.
All eight workers in the 1000-square-metre workshop died, police said.
Firefighters were immediately dispatched to the scene, but the fire spread quickly to four other nearby factories, destroying them as well. No injuries were reported from the other factories, which had closed for the night.
Hanoi city chairman Nguyen Duc Chung went to the site to oversee recovery of the bodies, which have yet to be individually identified pending DNA testing.