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Fire brigade blacklists eight residential towers
Le Anh
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Fire brigade blacklists eight residential towers

Le Anh

HCMC - The HCMC Fire Fighting and Prevention Police Department has found that the firefighting systems of eight apartment buildings in the city have not gone through mandatory checks but homeowners have already been allowed to move in.

According to a report sent to the municipal government on April 10, the city fire brigade said the eight residential towers blacklisted are Nguyen Quyen in Binh Tan District, Bay Hien Tower in Tan Binh District, Bac Binh in Binh Thanh District, Vien Ngoc Phuong Nam and City Gate Tower in District 8, Green Building in District 9 and Ngoc Khanh and Hung Vuong in District 5.

The buildings have some construction differences from the approved designs such as internal roads at some of them are not wide enough for fire engines to move close to them. Measures for fire prevention and fighting have not been taken.

Another big problem is the lack of staircases for emergency exit, ventilation systems and smoke absorbers in basements and corridors. At some of the buildings, their water sprinkler systems are out of order while the fire alarms are not working.

The Fire Fighting and Prevention Police Department proposed the city government take measures to prevent fires at these buildings.

Le Hoang Chau, chairman of the HCMC Real Estate Association (HoREA), said regulations should be amended to improve firefighting and prevention.

The Law on Real Estate Business should be revised to make sure that apartment buildings will be handed over to building owners committees after construction authorities certify the quality of the buildings.

The association also suggested amending and supplementing national technical standards for fire safety for houses and buildings in a way that parking lots will be separated from apartment buildings to reduce fire risks.

A fire at a Carina Plaza residential block in District 8, HCMC last month killed 13 people, and injured 91 others, sparking concerns over fire safety at other residential towers in the city.

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