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Coal fire breaks out at Thilawa Port


Rangoon (Mizzima) – A stubborn coal fire at the International Thilawa Port about 16 kilometres from Rangoon was still ablaze at midnight on Monday. No causalities were reported and there were no homes in the immediate area, said firefighters.
A coal fire broke out in Thilawa Port about 16 kilometres from Rangoon on Monday, March 26, 2012. Photo: MizzimaMore than 300 firefighters and dozens of fire engines responded to the blaze, which officials said was ignited by extremely hot temperatures.
 
The fire started around 2:30 p.m. on Monday, said an official with the Rangoon Region Central Fire Department.
 
Dock officials said that coal can burn automatically in high temperatures and that was the cause of the fire, said an official. The fire could burn until Tuesday, he said.

The coal fire spread to timber logs and both were both burning. The logs are owned by the Htoo Company.
  
Owners of imported cars in the area were working to remove the vehicles to safety.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 March 2012 13:46 )  

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