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Tuesday, 29 October, 2002, 21:14 GMT
In pictures: Ho Chi Minh's inferno
Dozens of people have been killed in a large fire in a building that houses offices of foreign companies, shops and a disco in Vietnam's major commercial centre, Ho Chi Minh City.

People use a firefighters' ladder to escape
It took firefighters more than three hours to get suitable ladders to the scene

Firefighters direct water at the burning building (AFP)
They managed to put the blaze out in about five hours - but the building remained too hot to search

People try to escape the building (left) as smoke billows from the building
There was a desperate scramble to escape, as smoke billowed from the building

People in the burning complex (AP)
Many people were believed to be trapped in the inferno - it is not known how many people were inside when the fire started

The burning building (AP)
The fire may have started at a disco in the complex - its cause was not immediately known

A victim is being carried away (left), and a local firefighter (AP)
At least 50 people were taken to hospital, as firefighters were facing tough questions over their actions

Traders try to save their goods from their stalls
While local traders from nearby stalls tried to save their goods
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