At 5:30 p.m., the fire started in the 125-square-meter house in Ward 1, District 11. A 35-year-old man ran out with burnt spots. Many people tried to put out the fire but didn’t succeed.
Dozens of firefighters and 10 fire trucks were dispatched for rescue efforts. Two ambulances and medical staff also arrived to take care of the burnt man.
As the alley is pretty narrow, the rescue work was very challenging.
At 7 p.m., when the fire was extinguished, police found seven dead bodies, including three at the first floor and four at the bathroom on the second floor. They are the 43-year-old host, her three kids, aged 9-18, the host’s 43-year-old brother in law, a 15-year-old male visitor, and a female teacher.
“We are still investigating and it’s unknown why the teacher is here,” said senior colonel Huynh Quang Tam, head of HCMC’s Fire Fighting and Prevention Police Department.
At 8 p.m., Tam said another body was found at the stairs.
According to HCMC Fire Fighting and Prevention Police Department, the house only has one main entrance and also the exit so when the fire spread, the people there couldn’t escape, leading to asphyxiation.
Police are investigating the cause of the fire.