Blaze in Yangon’s Chinatown Injures 15

By The Irrawaddy 20 February 2020

YANGON—Fifteen people have been hospitalized for asphyxiation and other injuries after a blaze at a mixed-use building in Yangon’s Chinatown on Thursday morning.

The second and third floor of the 11-story structure, known as Than Zay, became an inferno starting at 6:05 a.m., according to the Myanmar Fire Services Department. After raging for serval hours, the blaze was finally put out around 9:10 in the morning.

The building is a combination of a large market area and residential apartments. The fire department is still investigating the cause of the fire as well as the losses.

The fire caused a frenzy among the residents as some were trapped in elevators or choked by the smoke, including elderly people.

The fire services said 85 people and a pet dog were evacuated as of 9:36 a.m. and no fatalities have been reported.

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