One more body found in deadly lakeside hotel fire in Myanmar

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-20 10:28:21|Editor: ying
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YANGON, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Firefighters have found one more body in a hotel room in a deadly fire that devastated a lakeside hotel in Yangon early Thursday morning, bringing the total killed in the fire to two, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Friday.

However, the nationality and gender of the person could not be immediately determined, the report said.

The first guest victim was identified as a Japanese, while of the two injured, one is a firefighter and the other is a woman visitor from China's Macao.

The fire started from the fifth floor of the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, but it was not triggered by explosion which occurred later, said U Htay Lwin, Managing Director of the Htoo Group of Companies, which is the owner of the hotel.

A total of 141 guests including 120 foreigners were staying in 96 rooms in the hotel and as the fire broke out, the guests were alarmed and evacuated to nearby hotels.

The fire, which almost totally burned down the hotel building, started at about 3:00 a.m. local time when guests were asleep and was brought under control by about 300 firefighters after nearly four hours' fight.

The cause of the fire remains unknown, but investigation is urgently underway by the police authorities.

The hotel was insured with a total of 1.3 billion kyats (about 955,800 U.S. dollars) with two insurance companies and the policy includes public liability coverage for guests.

The iconic Kandawgyi Palace Hotel was built in 1979, featuring 10 teak bungalows and it was extended in 1993.