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Thilawa fire causes US$5 million damage


Rangoon (Mizzima) – A coal and timber log fire at the Myanmar International Terminal-Thilawa (MITT) on Monday and Tuesday caused damages estimated at US$ 5 million, according to Central Fire Department officials.
 
Thilawa port fire cause under investigation. Photo: MizzimaA spokesman told Mizzima that 7,000 tons of timber logs owned by CIFG Company were destroyed in the fire. An unknown quantity of coal was also destroyed.
  
An official from the Central Fire Department told Mizzima, “We were informed [at the fire scene] that coal can burn automatically in high temperatures and that was the cause of the fire.” Media reporters said the fire department said it also may have started from a discarded cigarette.

The cause of the fire will be critical in determining insurance coverage, sources said. The source of the fire is under investigation.
 
A total of 58 vehicles including fire engines and management vehicles, 447 firefighters and six members of the Red Cross responded to the fire.
 
There were 1,100 imported cars in the compound.
 
“It took a long time to put out the fire. There were many cars imported from foreign countries. We had to work hard to prevent the fire from spreading to them,” said a firefighter.
 
No causalities were reported and there were no homes in the immediate area.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 March 2012 14:46 )  

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