Five injured in Minbya city blaze
A FIRE that triggered a petrol tin explosion in Minbya city, Rakhine State, injured five people and damaged 12 homes and nine market stalls before it was extinguished over the weekend.
Two women and three men were transported to the hospital in the state capital in order to receive burn treatment, according to U San Shwe Htun, a state firefighter.
The blaze started at around 10:45am on November 25 near the city market. An electrical current is believed to have caused petrol, which was being poured nearby, to catch fire.
Those who were injured were attempting to put out the flames when a fuel drum exploded.
“They were injured by the explosion of a petrol tin while they were putting the fire out. They were taken to Sittwe Hosptial by ferry for treatment. No one was killed in the blaze,” U San Shwe Htun said.
He added that the fire is estimated to have caused almost K9 million in damages.
Two women and three men were injured trying to put out flames when a nearby petrol tin exploded.
Alternate accommodation has been arranged for residents whose homes were damaged by the fire.
Minbya police have launched an investigation into the incident.
A fire in Minbya set off fuel tank explosions on November 25.