Record number of fires blaze through Vientiane Capital

Fire Vientiane

Thirty-eight house fires have been recorded in the first three months of this year, with total damage estimated at 9 billion kip, according to Head of Vientiane Capital Fire Prevention and Protection Police Department, Mr Chanthaboun Manyvong.

Fires have destroyed ten houses, two markets, two government offices, and three shop-houses.

The police officer said incidents were caused by electricity shorts, and unsupervised candles and incense sticks for prayer purposes. However, the police said that seven of the fires were deliberate acts of arson.

In an interview with the media, Mr Chanthaboun called on people to be cautious when using electronic equipment and lighting candles and incense sticks, and to make sure their houses were left with all electrical appliances switched off.

Vientiane Fire

 

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KPL, Vientiane Mai
March 21, 2104