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Hanoi (VNA) – The Hanoi police said on August 4 afternoon that it was collecting evidence related to a building collapse at No.43 Cua Bac street in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh district, which claimed two lives, to consider a possible prosecution.

The three-storey building, which housed the Nem Xuan Dan restaurant, collapsed at about 3:30am of August 4 while 12 people were sleeping inside.

Four people luckily got out of danger, while six others were also brought to safety.

Initial reports by the Truc Bach Ward Police in Ba Dinh district showed that the structure collapsed because it was very old and had a poorly constructed foundation.

The re-construction of the adjacent house was said to possibly affect the stability of the building.

In the wake of the collapse, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung has asked for an inspection of old houses located near the building No.43 to help residents avoid any danger.

On September 22, 2015, the collapse of an ancient French villa in Hanoi’s Tran Hung Dao street also killed two people.

Following the incident, the Ministry of Construction requested localities nationwide thoroughly check and discover unsafe and outdated buildings, especially ancient villas and structures.-VNA