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Four die in blaze caused by votive paper burning

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HCMC – A fire caused by the burning of votive paper killed four people, including three former students of Thuy Loi University, on February 4.

Vuong Thai Duong, secretary of the Party Committee of Khuong Thuong Ward, said at 1:30 p.m., the fire broke out at a house on Tam Khuong Street, Khuong Thuong Ward, Dong Da District, Hanoi City, rented by four people to live and sell products online, the local media reported.

On the morning of the same day, they invited a friend over for a meal. At around 12 p.m., they burned votive paper as offerings to the Kitchen God, a tradition before the Lunar New Year holiday of the Vietnamese people, in front of the house.

They then had lunch before four of them slept inside the house, while another went outside and locked the gate.

At 2 p.m., he returned and saw the house on fire.

After being informed of the fire, three firefighting trucks with 15 firefighters were dispatched to the scene to control it.

The police blocked the scene of the incident and are investigating the cause of the fire.

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