UK asks Vietnam to coordinate identification of fire victims in Manchester

British police asked Vietnam to support and coordinate the identification and verification of victims in the burning warehouse in Manchester with specialized techniques.

According to the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK, on ​​August 4, British police announced that they had found a third body in a burnt warehouse in Oldham, Manchester. At the scene, the search operation continues.

In the past few days, the Consular Department has coordinated with local and local authorities in the country to identify the families of four Vietnamese citizens who were reported missing in the UK recently, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. .

The scene of the factory fire on Bower Street, Oldham town, England.  Photo: Oldham Times.

The scene of the factory fire on Bower Street, Oldham town, England. Image: Oldham Times.

The Vietnamese Embassy in the UK also maintains close contact and provides the British police with the necessary information to verify the identities of the victims.

The Consular Department and the Embassy of Vietnam in the UK said they will continue to closely monitor the situation, coordinate with the authorities of the two countries to promote the identification of victims, and be ready to take necessary measures. arrange post-mortem in case it is confirmed that he is a Vietnamese citizen, and at the same time request the British side to soon investigate the cause of the incident, ensuring the legitimate rights and interests of the citizen.

The fire broke out at the Bismarck House lumberyard in Bower Street, Oldham town, Manchester, early morning 7/5 and was contained four days later. At the time of the fire, police believe no one was inside.

Local police on July 21 received a call about four Vietnamese missing and “possibly related to the fire”. On July 23, workers cleaning the scene discovered human bodies in the rubble. Initial investigation suggested that the victim may be related to the four Vietnamese who were reported missing.

Manchester regional police on August 5 announced the identities of four Vietnamese people potentially involved in the fire at Bismark House, including Cuong Van Chu (39 years old), Uoc Van Nguyen (31 years old), Duong Van Nguyen (29 years old) and Duong Van Nguyen (29 years old). Nam Thanh Le (21 years old).

The first two people lost contact on July 5. Duong Van Nguyen last contacted his family about three months ago, saying he was staying in “an abandoned house” while looking for work. Nam Thanh Le last contacted his family on May 4, saying he lived in “a run-down house” while looking for a new job.

Senior Inspector Lewis Hughes, head of the victim identification department of the Manchester Police Department, said that the investigation agency determined that the four Vietnamese citizens mentioned above were present in the wood shop at the time of the fire. happen. However, the police have not made a final conclusion before the results of the autopsy.

Vu Hoang

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