At around 12:50 pm this afternoon, the Yangon Fire Services Department was alerted of a structure fire at the Junction City Tower located in front of Bogyoke Market.
The Myanmar Fire Services Department Facebook page noted that Level 1 fire trucks were dispatched at 12:50 pm, and were joined by Level 2 trucks at 1:12 pm. The fire was completely put out by 1:33 pm.
One witness told Coconuts Yangon: “There were at least four ambulances, but I didn’t see anybody being taken away. A couple people needed help walking, but most of the workers were watching from the street. The whole scene was cleaned up and traffic was moving again by 3:00pm.”
According to a Myanmar Times article from last year, Junction City Tower is a 23-storey office block that is — or maybe now, was — set to open in the first quarter of 2017. On their website, Junction City is described as an integrated development that spans an area of “approximately 260,000 square metres, and comprises Grade-A offices, a 5-star luxury hotel and a state-of-the-art retail & entertainment complex (Phase 1), as well as sophisticated high-rise Serviced Residences (Phase 2).”
The Junction City Facebook page wrote that the fire originated in the building’s basement. One Facebook user wrote that the blaze was supposedly due to an underground wire shock.
Thankfully, there was minimal property damage and zero casualties.