Massive fire guts Coca-Cola warehouse in Yangon

Coca Cola is facing losses of an estimated $1 million after a massive blaze ripped through their Yangon warehouse yesterday, burning for hours and injuring a fire fighter.

Hundreds of fire fighters and dozens of engines were called to fight the flames, which neighbors said began at around 6:30am at the storage facility in Mingaladon Township’s industrial zone.

It was 8:30am before the fire could be brought under control, due to its hard-to-reach location and heavy winds, according to state-run newspaper the Global New Light of Myanmar.

The authorities are looking into the cause.

 “No one was in the warehouse when the fire began. The guards locked the door of the warehouse and went home at around 8pm the previous night,” said U Thaw Dar, the deputy director of the Yangon Region Fire Services Department.

“The fire fighters also used cranes and towers, finally getting the flames under control at around 8:30am. The warehouse is not easily accessible because it is surrounded by mud,” U Thaw Dar said.

Photo / Ye Naung / Global New Light of Myanmar

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