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Fire engulfs plastic factory in Vietnam

HANOI, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- A fire occured in a factory in Vietnam's northern Bac Ninh province early on Thursday morning, engulfing a 4,900-square-meter area with no deaths reported so far, Vietnam News Agency reported.

There has been no fatalities reported so far, but the fire caused an estimated property loss of billions of Vietnamese dong.

Some workers of the ESD Korea Vina company, a plastic product manufacturer located in Que Vo industrial zone, found about the fire at around 4 a.m. on Thursday, local newspaper Tuoi Tre (Youth) reported.

The fire, which spread to an area of 4,900 square meters, was brought under control at around 8.15 a.m. the same day.

The use of several chemicals and plastics-based materials along with the strong wind led to the rapid and wide spread of the fire, the newspaper Tuoi Tre reported, adding that the authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.

Vietnam reported 1,764 fires and explosions in 2022 which claimed 122 lives, injured 112 people and caused property losses of some 602.3 billion Vietnamese dong (25.5 million U.S. dollars), according to the country's General Statistics Office.