Five in­jured in Min­bya city blaze

The Myanmar Times - - News - YI YWAL MYINT news­room@mm­

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.

Photo: Sup­plied

A fire in Min­bya set off fuel tank ex­plo­sions on Novem­ber 25.

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