YANGON: One man has died and two were injured after a huge fire broke out at a luxury lakeside hotel in Yangon on Thursday (Oct 19) morning.
The fire, which started at around 3am, raced through the popular Kandawgyi Palace Hotel and destroyed the teak upper floors of the hotel. The cement ground and first floors were also affected, reported the Associated Press.
On social media, photos and video showed the blaze sweeping through the building and smoke rising from the five-star hotel hours after daybreak.
The victim was male, according to firefighters.
"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.
Another witness, wearing a branded shirt of the Htoo company which owns the hotel, said: "It is really bad. All has gone now."
Officials said both of the injured individuals were sent to Yangon General Hospital. One of the injured, a Chinese female tourist, had jumped out from the third floor and injured her back. The other was a fireman.
Guests at the hotel were evacuated from the buildingand moved to other hotels in Yangon.The fire was eventually put under control at daybreak.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation, officials said.
The oldest parts of the Kandawgyi hotel date to the 1930s when British army officers used the site as rowing club.