Myanmar Investigating Cause Of Lakeside Hotel Fire

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 19, 2017

One man has died and two were injured after a huge fire broke out at a luxury lakeside hotel in Yangon on Thursday (Oct 19) morning.

The fire started from the fifth floor of the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel but it was not triggered by explosion which occurred later, U Htay Lwin told a press conference here shortly after the fire was put under control.

The massive blaze took firefighters hours to extinguish. "Once we got across the street we could really see how bad the fire was".

"I'll never forget looking up and seeing the night sky turned red", said American David Powers, who escaped the blaze with his wife, 4-year-old daughter and their passports, phones and wallets.

Kyaw Kyaw said one firefighter suffered from smoke inhalation.

The upper floors of the hotel were destroyed and the blaze also appeared to have swept through the cement ground and first floors.

A total of 141 guests including foreigners were staying in 96 rooms in the hotel, he said, adding that as the fire broke out, guests were being evacuated.

The Kandawgyi Palace Hotel started off as the Rangoon Rowing Club in the 1930s and was a popular spot for British colonial officers and elite expatriates.

"We realized that something was wrong and opened the door and we smelled the smoke and then evacuated immediately", she told local news outlet Frontier. In 2010, the 208-room hotel was bought for US$29 million by the Htoo Group, which is owned by the military-linked tycoon Tay Za.

Ms Adrienne Frilot from California said she heard knocking at her door for 15 to 20 minutes but initially thought it was just a drunken guest.

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