A large explosion from a shop selling gas canisters destroyed at least two buildings in Lao Cai, Vietnam on Wednesday (August 11). A video showed the blast and black smoke emanating from the building that had earlier caught fire. The shop owner reportedly tried to move the gas cylinders from the premises when he noticed the blaze but didn’t have time to prevent them from catching fire. Firefighters arrived quickly and the fire was put out after more than an hour. The shop and one neighbouring building were completely destroyed. The owner of the shop escaped with only minor injuries.
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