Fire at Mingalar Market causes losses in excess of K 3.6 billion
A FIRE broke out at Mingalar Market on Saturday at around 1:40am, engulfing three floors and destroying 1638 shops of the building.
The fire was completely extinguished by 7:15 am.
The cause of the fire and cost of devastation are under investigation.
The Fire Services Department graded it as level 5 blaze. The fire was extinguished by more than 134 vehicles including 55 fire engines, two water towers and various water boxers from various townships in Yangon region.
Nearly 600 firemen, 180 servicemen of the Tatmadaw, 350 police, 153 red cross members, 216 auxiliary firemen participated in putting out the fire.
Yangon Region Chief Minister U Myint Swe, Commander of Yangon Command and Yangon Mayor U Hla Myint were also at the scene.
It is estimated that the losses caused by the fire will total more than K3.6 billion, according to Police Col Myint Htwe, Head of Yangon Eastern District Police Force.
The fourth floor, which was destroyed by the fire, had cosmetic and medicine stores while the third floor housed textiles and clothing. There were 48 food stalls on the 5th floor.
“When the Fire Services Department gives us a green light we will open traffic,” said Police Lt Col Aung Ko Oo of the Yangon Region Traffic Force.
The building was hit by fire in May, 2010. It took 2 days for the firemen to centrol the 2010-fire.—GNLM