Hundreds of firefighters called to put out showroom blaze
An electronic fire believed to have been triggered by an overheating electric breaker yesterday caused injuries to seven firefighters and inflicted an estimated K20.7 million worth of damages.
SEVEN firefighters were injured and tens of millions of kyat lost in a blaze at an electronic showroom in Mayangone township yesterday, according to Myanmar Fire Service Department officials.
Although they had been trained as to how to put out an electronic fire and there were enough fire extinguishers, the staff of the Beauty and Living showroom on Pyay Road were not able to stop the flames, according to Yangon Region Fire Brigade Department deputy director U Thaw Tar.
“I saw the smoke and staff running out of the showroom at about 11am,” a security guard told The Myanmar Times. “They are all afraid of the fire. I reported it and more than 30 minutes later fire engines arrived and they started to distinguish the fire.”
By 12:08pm, more than 430 firefighters had arrived to battle the flames, U Thaw Tar said.
“There were not many entrances and the rooms were enclosed,” he said. “We managed to enter the building by breaking glass. Some firefighters were injured by the broken glass.”
By 5:47pm, the fire was completely out, U Thaw Tar said.
Fire brigade officials told the media that there is an estimated K20.75 million (US$16,000) worth of damage to the building and the furniture.
The cause of the fire was determined to be an overheating electric breaker.
One of the injured firefighters was sent to the hospital with a large gash that needed binding and possibly stitches, said Red Cross Society of East District director U Kyaw Zaw.
About 70 members of the Red Cross Society responded to the fire to help wounded firefighters.
A firefighter is assisted by a volunteer after being cut by glass shards at the site of a fire yesterday.