Huge fire rages major market in Myanmar second largest city 2008-02-25 12:43:44   Print

    YANGON, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- A huge fire raged a major market building in Myanmar's second largest city of Mandalay Monday morning, witnesses said.

    The fire started at about 8 a.m.(local time) and burned down the business-booming five-storey Yadanabon Market in downtown Mandalay near the Mandalay Railway Station.

    So far, the fire has already lasted for more than four hours without being able to be brought under control, local residents said, adding that most of the shops in the market are owned by local Chinese residents.

    According to local police sources, there is no casualties but more than 10 people were injured, most of whom are fire fighters.

    According to initial report, the fire destroyed the Yadanabon Cyber Corporation, which is a crucial ICT (information and communications technology) park established on the fourth storey of the market building serving the internet link of the city, a Chinese computer training center among others, shopping malls, offices and domestic products trading centers dealing with border trade.

    The cause of the fire is said to have been due to an electric short circuit on the ground floor in the eastern wing of the market.

    The market building, which accommodates about 300 shops, fears total destruction, witnesses said.

    The Yadanabon market is known as the second largest one of its kind in Mandalay after Zay Cho, a historically best known market in the northern ancient city.

    Witnesses estimated the loss of the present fire could be more than the last biggest fire in Mandalay which occurred on March 24,1984.

Editor: Gao Ying
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