Fires break out in Yangon’s six townships within one day

According to the fire brigade headquarters, six fires broke out in six townships in Yangon Region within one day.
Fires broke out in six townships between 10:00 am and 7:30 pm on 8 February.
The fires occurred at Samsung Showroom on Theinbyu Road, Mingala Taungnyunt Township, Yangon Region at 10:29 am, a factory on Bayintnaung Road, 144th Quarter, Dagon Myothit (South) Township at 1:40 pm, a building between 35 and 36 streets, Merchant Road, Kyauktada Township at 3:44 pm, and Bala Kyawswa passenger ship near Dala Shipyard, Dala Township at 4:50 pm.
The fires also broke out near Hninzi Street, Gandama Quarter, Ahlon Township at 7:25 pm, and Tharaphi Road, No 14 Ward, South Okkalapa Township at 7:38 pm.
Township fire brigades and rescue teams went to six places where fires broke out and helped put out fires in a short time.
Out of the six places where fires broke out, South Dagon Township and Ahlon Township were classified as Level 1 so fires were extinguished by increasing vehicle groups.
According to the fire brigade headquarters, they were able to extinguish the fire within a short period in the remaining four townships.
“There was improper electricity supply. These fires often occur due to the careless use of electrical appliances, resulting in electric short. When using household electrical appliances, people should not handle them carelessly and use them with caution,” U Tun Tun Latt, manager of the construction company in South Okkalapa Township told GNLM.
Last month, there were 45 fires in Yangon Region, killing four people and injuring some members of the fire brigade and volunteers.
In January, fires broke out in Htantabin, Thingangyun, Hmawby, Hlinethaya, Kamayut, Shwepyitha, Mingala Taungnyunt, Taikkyi, Dagon Myothit (East), Hlegu, Mingaladon, Dagon Myothit (North), Dagon Myothit (South), North Okkalapa, Dagon Myothit (Seikkan), Dala, Khayan, Thanlyin, Kyauktan, Kyimyindine, Thakayta, Latha, Bahan, and Mayangon townships.
Among these fires, three women and one man died in a house fire in Dagon Myothit (North) township, including an elderly woman over 90 years old.
Out of 45 fires that occurred in January, 26 were house fires, 16 were forest fires and grass forest fires, and three were vehicle fires.
In the past year 2022, there were 224 fires in Yangon Region, so seven people died and 22 were injured. Nationwide, there were a total of 1,507 fires and 96 people died due to fire hazards, according to the statistics of the Myanmar Fire Brigade Headquarters.
Stove fire and electricity fire are the most common causes so officials have instructed people to use electricity carefully.
A fire prevention warning states that people may need to avoid using faulty electrical equipment. — TWA/KZL

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