Market fire in Myanmar’s Yangon destroys over 1,600 shops

Nay Pyi Taw, Jan 10 (IANS) A huge fire which broke out at Mingalazay Market in Myanmar’s Yangon has engulfed three floors of the building and destroyed 1,638 shops, according to an official estimation published here on Sunday.

The loss caused by Saturday’s fire totals over 3.6 billion Kyats ($2.7 million), Xinhua cited the police as saying.

With the help of 65 fire engines and 600 fire fighters, the fire was put out after more than four hours fight.

The fourth floor, destroyed by the fire, had cosmetic and medicine stores, while the third floor housed textiles and clothing and the fifth floor food stalls.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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