The demand for fire safety equipment has surged in Ho Chi Minh City following a fatal inferno at an apartment block that killed 56 people in Hanoi earlier this week. “Everyone should buy [fire safety equipment] at prestigious stores with inspection stamps to avoid substandard products,” Trieu said. An employee of Lua Viet Co. Ltd., a supplier of fire safety equipment in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, checks fire extinguishers before delivering them to customers. Customers have had a higher demand for gas masks, rope ladders, and fire extinguishers. Phuong added that suppliers had doubled the prices of fire safety products after the blaze in Hanoi.