One person died in blaze tore through a teakwood hotel in Yangon

Vastavam web: One person died in a pre-dawn blaze today that tore through a teakwood hotel in Yangon popular with foreign visitors to Myanmar’s main city.The fire gutted the lakeside Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, a colonial-era building owned by a Myanmar businessman notorious for making his fortune under the former junta.An AFP reporter at the scene saw a white plastic sheet covering a body retrieved from the fire, but there was no immediate confirmation of further casualties.

“We don’t know why the fire started. We’re sad that such a historic and beautiful place was completely destroyed,” a witness Kyi Kyi told AFP, standing near the still smouldering ruins of the building.Guests at the destroyed hotel had been moved to other hotels in Yangon, Myanmar’s largest city which has made its mark on Southeast Asia’s tourist trail since the country emerged from full junta rule.The oldest parts of the Kandawgyi hotel date to the 1930s when British army officers used the site as rowing club.