Kandawgyi Palace Hotel YangonThe Kandawgyi Palace Hotel Yangon
Kandawgyi Palace Hotel Fire: Two deaths
Rangoon - Two men were murdered and two others wounded in a fire that burnt down the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel in downtown Rangoon on Thursday mornings. One of the businessmen's corpses in the 1960s was found by the Embassy of Japan on Thursday and the corpse of a second man found on the fifth storey of the hotel was sent to Yangon Hospital for an autopsy, said U Htay Lwin, spokesman for the Htoo Group of Companies operating the hotel.
On the fifth storey of the hotel a fire started around 3 a.m., and a Chinaman from Macau sprang out of the hotel's third storey to avoid the fire, which led to hips wounds. Fireman Kyaw Swar Lin suffered a brain wound after a log hit him and smashed his hat.
Then he was taken to Yangon People's Hospital for urgent surgery. Following questioning the hotel's U Thiha and U Kyaw Min Soe officers, they were accused of having caused casualty and fire under Article 304(a) of the Criminal Code, according to U Hla Htay, Mingalar Taung Nyunt legislature in the Yangon provincial parliam.
"This hotel was already on fire when I hear two explosions. It was a violent fire, then I overheard explosions of something like bottles of natural-gas or oil tanks," said a testimony living in an appartment near the hotel. U Htay Lwin says the hotel has fire coverage with Myanma Insurances and guest coverage for a overseas group.
There were 141 people in the hotel at the moment of the escape, most of them are foreign. People were brought to the Chatrium Hotel and the Rose Garden Hotel. Fire caused damage to about 80 per cent of the hotel, and the corporation is still not calculated monetary losses, said U Htay Lwin. According to the hotel's website, the site of the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel is the place where the renowned Mon Queen Shin Saw Bu took her last breath.
It became the National Biological Museum in 1948 and in 1979 the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism took over the site and transformed it into a hotel with 10 tea-wood cottages, which were subsequently upgraded to a bigger lakefront structure in 1993. Burned down on Thursday mornings, the Baiyoke Group of Hotels was designed in the style of Thailand's gold steak architectural style, according to the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel.