Yangon fuel tank store destroyed in blaze
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.
Firefighters extinguish a blaze at a storage facility in Hlaing Tharyar township on November 22.