Apart from smouldering fire in some points, the flames in Saigon Intershop building in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City were put out by 7:00 p.m.(local time) Tuesday, according to a source from the city.
There have not yet been exact figures of dealths and injuries. But at least 54 persons were killed and more than 100 others injured so far.
The fire burst out ensuing a blast in the Saigon Intershop building at 1:30 p.m. (local time), and fiercely flared up since 2:00 p.m.. By late afternoon, hundreds of people escaping the burning building have been rushed into hopitals and health centersfor emergency treatment.
It is estimated that there were about 500 people working, selling and buying in the building when the blast occured. As manyas 48 dead bodies were brought out of the building, and six peopledied at hospitals.
According to initial analysis, the fire could be due to electrical leakage. The fire which started at the first floor, swiftly spread to the second and third floor.
The Saigon Intershop, a five-storey building in District 1, one of busiest places in Ho Chi Minh City, comprises shops, restaurants,and dancing halls.