Fire ruins 600 houses in Myanmar

Nay Pyi Taw, Feb 14 (IANS) A fire destroyed 600 houses in Myanmar’s southern Tanintharyi region, an official report said on Sunday.

The fire brokeout on Saturday night when a child was playing with a lit candle in Palaw town, Xinhua quoted the police as saying.

As the village area was not accessible by fire engines, firefighters had to battle the blaze with water pumps.

The fire caused a total loss of property to 75 million kyats (over $585,000), the police said.

The victims were evacuated to a nearby village where they were given temporary shelters.

Relief supplies were brought in to the fire-ravaged area, the report added.

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