Fire devours iconic hotel in Myanmar’s Yangon


PV International Desk : A massive fire has destroyed an iconic luxury hotel in Myanmar’s capital Yangon, and killed one person, reports BBC.
Two others were injured in the blaze which began around 03:00 (20:30 GMT) Wednesday (October 18) at the Kandawgyi Palace.
The hotel, which was largely made out of teak and built in a traditional Burmese style, was a local landmark popular with tourists.
It took hundreds of firefighters several hours to put out the blaze. More than 140 guests were evacuated.
It is unclear how the fire began, with varying media reports of either a gas cylinder explosion or an electrical wire short-circuiting.
Htay Lwin, a spokesman from the Htoo Group which owns the hotel, told AFP news agency: “It’s hard to say why the fire broke out, the cause is under investigation.”
He added that they were still trying to identify the person who died.
An American guest at the hotel, Adrienne Frilot, told Frontier Myanmar that she did not hear a fire alarm and woke up only when hotel staff knocked on her door frantically.