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Policeman suspended over Carina Plaza blaze
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Policeman suspended over Carina Plaza blaze

HCMC – The HCMC Fire Fighting and Prevention Department has asked its District 8 division to suspend a lieutenant from duty to facilitate an ongoing investigation of last Friday’s inferno at a Carina Plaza residential block in the district.

The policeman was at the time in charge of fire fighting and prevention in the district’s Ward 16, where three Carina Plaza residential blocks are located, news website Dan Tri reports.

The department also summoned other individuals for questioning.

The blaze killed 13 people and injured 91 others. It also destroyed 150 motorcycles and five cars and damaged 10 other cars.

Colonel Nguyen Sy Quang, spokesman of the HCMC Police Department, confirmed the filing of charges against the inferno which resulted from violations of fire prevention and fighting rules. The prosecution is aimed at finding those responsible for the deadly fire.

He added the blaze was caused by a motorcycle in the parking area of the building, and ruled out the possibility that an explosive device had been used to ignite the fire.

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