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A fire in an apartment building in Hanoi, Vietnam, kills 14 people and injures 6

2024-05-24 15:10 Last Updated At:15:21

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — An overnight fire in an apartment building on a narrow alley in Vietnam's capital killed 14 people and injured six others, state media said Friday.

The apartment building in central Hanoi could only be accessed through an alley just 2 meters (6.5 feet) wide, preventing firetrucks from reaching it, and firefighters eventually contained the fire by using hoses, state media said.

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Security officers guard at the cordoned off entrance to the site of a fire in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire in a small apartment building has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — An overnight fire in an apartment building on a narrow alley in Vietnam's capital killed 14 people and injured six others, state media said Friday.

Security officers guard at the cordoned off entrance to the site of a fire in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire in a small apartment building has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

Security officers guard at the cordoned off entrance to the site of a fire in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire in a small apartment building has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at a small apartment building in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at a small apartment building in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at small apartment building in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at small apartment building in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at a small apartment building in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at a small apartment building in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at small apartment building in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at small apartment building in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

Officials visit the site of a house fire in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. Authorities said the fire has killed a number of people and injured a few others. (Bui Van Lanh/VNA via AP)

Officials visit the site of a house fire in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. Authorities said the fire has killed a number of people and injured a few others. (Bui Van Lanh/VNA via AP)

Officials visit the site of a house fire in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. Authorities said the fire has killed a number of people and injured a few others. (An Van Dang/VNA via AP)

Officials visit the site of a house fire in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. Authorities said the fire has killed a number of people and injured a few others. (An Van Dang/VNA via AP)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at a house in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. Authorities said the fire has killed a number of people and injured a few others. (An Van Dang/VNA via AP)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at a house in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. Authorities said the fire has killed a number of people and injured a few others. (An Van Dang/VNA via AP)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at a house in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. Authorities said the fire has killed a number of people and injured a few others. (Phan Nhat Anh/VNA via AP)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at a house in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. Authorities said the fire has killed a number of people and injured a few others. (Phan Nhat Anh/VNA via AP)

The fire started around 12:30 a.m. and was accompanied by several explosions, the Vietnam News Agency said. It took an hour to extinguish.

Neighbor Nguyen Thanh Trung said he was asleep when he heard the explosions and rushed out to see what was happening. “I could feel the shock at my house,” he said, adding that he along with others got a ladder to break the window to help people escape.

State media reported the building had 24 residents at the time, seven in the owner’s family and 17 tenants. The injured are stable and being treated at Hanoi Transport Hospital.

The fire started in the small courtyard in front of the building that was used as a garage for the sale and repair of electric bikes, state media reported.

Trung said the family would often charge the bikes' batteries at night.

The alley was later cordoned off by police. The charred remains of burnt motorbikes and plants and scattered belongings remained at the apartment.

Authorities said that they would give $1,962 to the families of those who died and $1,177 to those injured as compensation.

This fire was reminiscent of a September blaze in Hanoi last year where more than 50 people died in similar circumstances. Rescue operations then were also hindered by the city's narrow lanes.

AP journalist Aniruddha Ghosal in New Delhi contributed to this report.

Security officers guard at the cordoned off entrance to the site of a fire in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire in a small apartment building has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

Security officers guard at the cordoned off entrance to the site of a fire in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire in a small apartment building has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

Security officers guard at the cordoned off entrance to the site of a fire in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire in a small apartment building has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

Security officers guard at the cordoned off entrance to the site of a fire in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire in a small apartment building has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at a small apartment building in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at a small apartment building in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at small apartment building in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at small apartment building in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at a small apartment building in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at a small apartment building in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at small apartment building in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at small apartment building in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. State media said the overnight fire has killed a number of people and injured several others. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

Officials visit the site of a house fire in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. Authorities said the fire has killed a number of people and injured a few others. (Bui Van Lanh/VNA via AP)

Officials visit the site of a house fire in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. Authorities said the fire has killed a number of people and injured a few others. (Bui Van Lanh/VNA via AP)

Officials visit the site of a house fire in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. Authorities said the fire has killed a number of people and injured a few others. (An Van Dang/VNA via AP)

Officials visit the site of a house fire in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. Authorities said the fire has killed a number of people and injured a few others. (An Van Dang/VNA via AP)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at a house in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. Authorities said the fire has killed a number of people and injured a few others. (An Van Dang/VNA via AP)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at a house in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. Authorities said the fire has killed a number of people and injured a few others. (An Van Dang/VNA via AP)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at a house in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. Authorities said the fire has killed a number of people and injured a few others. (Phan Nhat Anh/VNA via AP)

This photo shows the aftermath of a fire at a house in Hanoi, Vietnam Friday, May 24, 2024. Authorities said the fire has killed a number of people and injured a few others. (Phan Nhat Anh/VNA via AP)

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Shaqiri scores stunning goal in Switzerland's 1-1 draw with Scotland at Euro 2024

2024-06-20 09:28 Last Updated At:09:30

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — “Shaq” did it again.

At the age of 32 and having left top-flight European soccer behind to play in MLS, Xherdan Shaqiri is back on the international stage and back scoring again.

His stunning first-half strike secured a 1-1 draw for Switzerland against Scotland at Euro 2024 on Wednesday.

It is the sixth-straight major international tournament in which Shaqiri has scored, dating to the World Cup in 2014.

That’s three World Cups in a row and now three European Championships for the Chicago Fire forward. According to UEFA he is the first player to achieve that feat.

“He proved tonight that he lives and breathes for moments like these,” Switzerland coach Murat Yakin said.

Shaqiri rolled back the years with a first-time curling effort from about 20 meters out at Cologne Stadium.

Scotland led from the 13th minute when Scott McTominay’s shot took a wicked deflection off Fabian Schar to beat Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer.

But Shaqiri pounced on Anthony Ralston’s loose pass in the 26th to even the match with a left-footed shot into the top corner and past Scotland keeper Angus Gunn.

“If that chance falls to any other player in the Swiss team, it’s not a goal,” Scotland manager Steve Clarke said. “You knew when it was rolling towards Shaqiri it was destined for the back of the net. He’s a top, top player, so you don’t give top, top players that kind of chance.”

Shaqiri’s career has seen him play for some of Europe’s most iconic teams, including Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Liverpool. He joined the Fire two years ago, but in that time has continued to produce for his country on the biggest stage.

“Shaq always gives everything in training,” Switzerland defender Manuel Akanji said. “I don’t know how many other players are able to score that goal.”

The draw leaves Switzerland on four points, second in Group A behind Germany and likely to advance to the round of 16.

Germany became the first nation to advance after a 2-0 win over Hungary earlier in the day.

Scotland’s hopes of making the knockout round depend on its final game against Hungary on Sunday and results elsewhere. No team has failed to advance from the group stage with four points.

Both teams had chances to win the game.

The Swiss should have taken the lead just before the hour mark when Dan Ndoye turned Kieran Tierney on the edge of the box. With just goalkeeper Angus Gunn to beat, Ndoye fired wide of goal.

Grant Hanley then headed against the post from a Scotland free kick and Switzerland’s Zeki Amdouni headed wide at the far post late on.

Scotland has never advanced beyond the group stage of a World Cup or Euros on 11 previous attempts.

But repeated disappointment doesn’t seem to dampen optimism among its fans, who filled Cologne’s square before the game.

Swiss supporters were out in numbers, too, creating a raucous atmosphere in the stadium.

It was certainly a more enjoyable evening for Scotland’s fans than the opening game of the Euros — a 5-1 loss to Germany.

“It was what we expected. It was a good reaction to a disappointing night. We’re still alive in the tournament,” Clarke said.

Goals from Jamal Musiala and İlkay Gündoğan made it two wins from two for host Germany after victory against Hungary and ensured there would be no repeat of its group stage exit from the 2022 World Cup.

Albania substitute Klaus Gjasula scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to hold World Cup semifinalist Croatia to a 2-2 draw in Group B. Gjasula’s own goal, just four minutes after entering the game in the second half, had looked like handing Croatia the win until his late strike.

James Robson is at https://twitter.com/jamesalanrobson

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Scotland's Scott McTominay celebrates after Switzerland's Fabian Schar scored an own goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Scotland's Scott McTominay celebrates after Switzerland's Fabian Schar scored an own goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez, right, fouls Scotland's Billy Gilmour during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez, right, fouls Scotland's Billy Gilmour during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Scotland's Che Adams reacts during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Scotland's Che Adams reacts during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri, left, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri, left, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri and team mates celebrate their side's equalising goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri and team mates celebrate their side's equalising goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Scotland's goalkeeper Angus Gunn fails to save a shot by Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Scotland's goalkeeper Angus Gunn fails to save a shot by Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri scores his side's opening goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri scores his side's opening goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri, left, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri, left, celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Scotland's Scott McTominay celebrates after Switzerland's Fabian Schar scored an own goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Scotland's Scott McTominay celebrates after Switzerland's Fabian Schar scored an own goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Scotland's goalkeeper Angus Gunn is unable to stop a shot for a goal by Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP)

Scotland's goalkeeper Angus Gunn is unable to stop a shot for a goal by Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates his side's equalising goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates his side's equalising goal during a Group A match between Scotland and Switzerland at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Cologne, Germany, Wednesday, June 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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