Downtown hotel fire injures 14
A rescue worker helps a foreigner out of City Star Hotel in downtown Yangon after it caught fire on Tuesday. Fourteen people were injured by smoke inhalation in the blaze.
FOURTEEN people suffered minor injuries when a fire broke out in a hotel in downtown Yangon, rescuers said.
The fire broke out in the early afternoon in one of the rooms of the City Star Hotel on Maha Bandoola Garden Street in Kyauktada township.
One woman who worked at the hotel said, “The room where the fire started was empty. Smoke came out of the outdoor air-conditioning unit. At the time, I was on the 7th floor, and a hotel guard told me to climb to the top floor. When we arrived there, a ladder was erected but it couldn’t reach us. Only after fire-fighters put out the fire, could we go down via the stairs. We are suffering from smoke inhalation.”
Seven foreigners, six women and one child suffered from smoke inhalation and were treated by rescuers at a nearby commercial establishment. One woman employee had to be hospitalised because of smoke inhalation.
“Two women workers at the hotel were able to cross over to an adjacent building to get down. The rest climbed down via emergency ladders. While the rescue team was trying to reach and evacuate them, they threatened to jump,” said Ko Kyaw Thet, a rescuer from the “Same Joining Hands” rescue team of Bahan township who was among the first responders.
The fire department said the fire destroyed two beds, two mattresses and an air-conditioner, and an initial investigation showed the fire was caused by an overheated air-conditioner.