Gambling debts allegedly at root of arson in southern Vietnam
Police in the southern province of Dong Thap are investigating a case in which a man allegedly set his uncle’s house on fire, critically injuring himself and four other people, Tuoi Tre reported Tuesday.
Initial information was that at around 10 p.m. on Monday, Kieu Phuoc Chien, 27, spilled 30 liters of gasoline onto the living room of 53-year-old Nguyen Van Diem’s house, and set it ablaze due to a conflict withÂ his father, Kieu Phuoc Thanh.
The fire injured four people in the family, including Chien’s mother, 51-year-old Nguyen Thi Noi. Diem was injured along with Chien’s uncle, 47-year-old Nguyen Van Hien, and Hien’s son-in-law Nguyen Thanh Tuan, 26.
Chien was also injured, the report said, adding that the fire was extinguished about 30 minutes later thanks to neighbors.
All the victims were rushed to Sa Dec General Hospital. All but Chien were later transferred to Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City for treatment of severe burns, it said
Police are investigating the case further.
During the Euro 2012 soccer tournament, local media have reported cases in which gamblers committed crimes to pay their debts accumulated from betting on the games, or due to personal conflicts arising with family membersÂ over their debts.
Last month a man in the central province of Thanh Hoa allegedly killed his wife and five-month-old daughter before committing suicide. The man was said to have quarreled with his wife over his football gambling debts in the past.