Yan­gon fuel tank store de­stroyed in blaze

The Myanmar Times - - News - ZAW ZAW HTWE za­wza­whtwe@mm­times.com

A PETROL can­is­ter store and ware­house in a Hlaing Thar­yar town­ship in­dus­trial zone was de­stroyed in a fire on Novem­ber 22.

More than 80 fire en­gines and 600 fire­fight­ers worked to ex­tin­guish the blaze, which is be­lieved to have be­gun at around 11:30pm.

“We haven’t de­ter­mined the cause of the fire yet. We had great dif­fi­culty in putting out the fire be­cause of the pres­ence of a large num­ber of fuel tanks, many of which ex­ploded,” said U Myint Oo, di­rec­tor of the town­ship’s fire bri­gade.

“The fire pre­sented a sig­nif­i­cant dan­ger to the sur­round­ing area. We had to take cover and ex­tin­guish the fire us­ing spe­cial tech­niques,” he added.

It took more than an hour to put out the fire and no in­juries were re­ported, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials from the fire bri­gade.

“The fire started in­side a small hut next to the main build­ing. I ini­tially saw some work­ers try to put it out. Later on, be­cause of the fuel tank ex­plo­sions, I saw work­ers run away from the com­pound. Some had to crawl [be­cause of the smoke],” said U Ba Tin, a Hlaing Thar­yar res­i­dent who lives close to the store.

Town­ship ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials have so far been un­able to lo­cate the owner, man­ager or any of the work­ers at the fuel can­is­ter store.

But po­lice are pre­par­ing to take ac­tion.

“Ini­tially we will take ac­tion for care­less­ness re­lat­ing to fire. We will also in­spect their fuel stor­age ar­range­ments to see whether it is le­gal or not. We will take ac­tion un­der the rel­e­vant leg­is­la­tion if it is found they were not per­mit­ted to store fuel,” Po­lice Cap­tain Nyan Win from the Hlaing Thar­yar po­lice sta­tion told the me­dia.

An es­ti­mate for the cost of dam­ages in­curred by the fire has not yet been re­leased.

Photo: Zaw Zaw Htwe

Fire­fight­ers ex­tin­guish a blaze at a stor­age fa­cil­ity in Hlaing Thar­yar town­ship on Novem­ber 22.

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