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7 killed in fire cases in Yangon in August

Written By vibykhmer on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 | 5:43 AM

YANGON, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- A total of seven people were killed in nine fire cases in Myanmar's former capital of Yangon in Augustthis year, the Fire Department said on Tuesday.

These fires caused a loss of over 9 billion Kyats (8.2 million U.S. dollars), the sources said, adding that of the fires, the one that occurred at a distillery in Hlegu township alone had caused a loss of over 7 million dollars.

The over-eight-hour distillery fire, resulting from the explosion of a 1,000-gallon-capacity boiler, left three people dead and six injured, earlier reports said.

Over 200 fire fighters and 47 fire engines and 10 supervisory vehicles were used to put out the fire.

According to the Fire Department, a total of 32 fires broke out in the whole of Myanmar last month, killing one people and injuring another.

The fire, mostly due to negligence and electric short-circuit, destroyed 46 houses and buildings, leaving 202 people homeless and causing a total loss of over 13.68 million kyats (over 120,000 U.S. dollars).


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