By Heng Si | March 16, 2017
Kyauktaw — A massive fire burned through dozens of filling stations here in Kyauktaw Township on Wednesday (Mar 15) evening.
At least 41 filling stations (that were attached to one another) and three shops — a tea-shop, one workshop and one motorcycle-shop — were destroyed by the fire at ‘Pyay Taw Thar’ Quarter nearby the ‘Gassapa Nadi’ bridge before the entrance to the downtown of Kyauktaw.
The fire is said to have begun accidentally while a van driver was filling petrol in the tank of his vehicle at around 6:30 PM.
One man was injured in the fire, while a few houses were partially burnt. Details on the losses of the properties are yet to be confirmed.
“None of the properties belonged to the Rohingyas as it is a Rakhine quarter. But it was a huge loss. We are really sorry for the Rakhine people affected by the fire”, said an elderly Rohingya man in Kyauktaw.
Two fire-brigades arrived at the scene soon after the fire broke out. The locals came together with the fire-brigades and extinguished the fire at around 9:15 pm at night.
Earlier, a joint armed force of the Myanmar Military, Police and Hlun Htein (Security Force) numbering at least 100 stationed at the ‘Paik Thay (Zailla Fara)’ Rohingya village. As the fire started at the Rakhine ‘Pyay Taw Thar’ quarter which falls under ‘Paik Thay’ village tract, the armed force members have moved towards the scene of the fire.
“At least 100 Military, Police and Hlun Htein altogether unexpectedly arrived and stationed at our village. We feared that they would plot something to attack us. But fortunately, they left after the fire started”, said a Rohingya youth at the village of Paik Thay.
Meanwhile, reports are emerging that the Myanmar government has been amassing more military in the Rohingya areas in Rathedaung and Maungdaw Townships after UN Human Rights Council had failed to establish a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to investigate into the atrocity crimes against the Rohingya.
[Edited by M.S. Anwar]
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