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Chief manager of Carina Plaza detained over deadly fire
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Chief manager of Carina Plaza detained over deadly fire

The Saigon Times Daily

The Carina Plaza condo building on Vo Van Kiet Boulevard in HCMC’s District 8. Management board chief of Carina Plaza faces detention for violating regulations on fire prevention and firefighting – PHOTO: HAI AU

HCMC - The HCMC Investigative Police on August 8 issued a decision to prosecute and temporarily detain Nguyen Quoc Tuan, 33, head of the Carina Plaza management board, for violating regulations on fire prevention and firefighting that led to a deadly fire at the condo complex in March, reported the local media.

The investigation revealed that Tuan was aware that the fire prevention and firefighting equipment of the complex was broken but failed in his duty to ensure fire safety. The investigation further revealed that the residents did not receive any instructions from the board in terms of fire prevention measures, resulting in fatal consequences.

Earlier, on April 20, the municipal police arrested Nguyen Van Tung, director of Hung Thanh Construction, Trading, Service and Production Co., Ltd, which had built the residential complex.

According to the police, Hung Thanh signed a contract with real estate firm SEJCO in December two years ago to manage and operate Carina Plaza. SEJCO was in charge of operating the fire prevention and firefighting equipment as well as providing training and instructing the residents on steps to be taken in case of a fire. SEJCO appointed Tuan as the head of the management board.

The investigators found that the fire alarms, fire extinguishers and smoke sensors were not working when the fire broke out at about 1 a.m. on March 23. Instructions on ways to escape the building in case of a fire were also missing. Block A’s water tank, which provides water for the firefighting system, contained half the required amount of water, and the spigot could not be opened fully. Due to insufficient water, the fire could not be contained and heat at the basement level could not be reduced, resulting in dozens of deaths.

To date, Hung Thanh firm has spent more than VND69 billion to support the families of the deceased and help the affected households deal with the aftermath as well as compensate for the owners of vehicles that were destroyed in the blaze.

However, the firm has recently stopped providing support, stating that two other parties, including SEJCO and Gia Khang Security Service Bodyguard firm, must also be held accountable for the inferno. This action has provoked anger among the residents as they are likely to face hardships in the absence of financial support as the condo building undergoes repair.

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