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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)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The third day of the Republican National Convention kicks off Wednesday with Republicans — led by the newly nominated Donald Trump and JD Vance — shifting to issues of national security and foreign policy.

Republicans are expected to focus on Democratic President Joe Biden's handling of the ongoing crises in Europe and the Middle East. Former Trump administration officials are expected to take the stage to outline what foreign policy would look like in a second Trump term.

That will likely include speeches from Richard Grenell, Trump's former acting director of national intelligence, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

And Vance is expected to accept his party's nomination for vice president.

Here’s what to watch for on the third day of the RNC:

Despite his celebrity after publishing the memoir “Hillbilly Elegy,” the 39-year-old Ohio senator is unknown to many Americans — and even to many top Republicans in Milwaukee. He'll get the chance to address a national audience Wednesday.

Expect a speech that introduces his family — his wife, Usha, and their three children — and his endorsement of Trump's policies.

Vance beat out North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida to be Trump's running mate. He has developed a strong rapport with the former president over the years, speaking on the phone regularly.

Trump has also complimented Vance’s beard, saying he “looks like a young Abraham Lincoln."

Former Trump White House official Peter Navarro was released from prison in Florida on Wednesday and is expected to speak hours later at the Republican National Convention.

Navarro, who was a Trump trade adviser, was released from custody after completing his four-month sentence for refusing to cooperate with a congressional investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons.

Navarro will head straight to Milwaukee to speak at the third night of the RNC. He is set to speak in the 6 p.m. hour Central time, according to a person familiar with the schedule who spoke on the condition of anonymity before the schedule’s official release.

Many of the speeches Wednesday will take aim at the Biden administration's handling of global issues, including the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, according to Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee, with the theme of “Make America Strong Once Again.”

“Under Joe Biden, the weakest commander-in-chief in our country’s history, America has become a global laughingstock,” the committee put out in an advance release.

Republicans see foreign policy as one of their strongest campaign issues, arguing that America's standing on the world stage was stronger under Trump despite the party's growing isolationist shift.

“I can tell you, countries around the world, leaders, are absolutely uncomfortable with the unpredictability of Donald Trump," Grenell, Trump’s former ambassador to Germany, said during a reporters' roundtable Monday. “And when I say uncomfortable, that means they don’t know exactly what he’s going to do next. And that’s a positive for us.”

It is an argument he will likely make again Wednesday night.

While the focus of Wednesday's session is expected to be beyond America's borders, Republicans are expected to also highlight how Biden's supposed “weakness” on immigration is also endangering our reputation abroad. Many speakers have already documented claims that a growing number of foreign terrorists have been able to illegally get into the U.S. from Mexico. Republicans have pointed to the arrests last month on U.S. soil of eight people from Tajikistan with suspected ties to the Islamic State group.

Convention organizers are not expected to announce who will speak on the event’s second day until later Wednesday morning.

Associated Press writers Alanna Durkin Richer and Jill Colvin contributed to this report.

Follow the AP's coverage of the 2024 election at https://apnews.com/hub/election-2024.

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