Fire Destroys Thanbyuzayart Township Market


Fire Destroys Thanbyuzayart Township Market

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A large market with over 500 show rooms in Thanbyuzayart Township, Mon State was destroyed by fire last night, according to Mon sources.

Fire destroyed a market in Mon State last night. (Photo: Kaowao)

The fire started at 10.30 PM local time and had burned the market down by the time the dispatch from the fire department arrived at 11.30, reported the sources.

Nai Bran, who visited the scene of the scorched market this morning, said that one show room is valued between 30 and 60 million kyat.

“All the shop owners looked very sad and didn’t dare complain about anything yet. There were some individuals who owned three or four show rooms,” said Ah Bran.

He added that the shop owners could not bring anything either and the township authority hasn’t said anything yet about compensation because they are still analyzing the situation.

The market was located in the middle of the town and the town’s fire department was only about a ten-minute drive from the market, but the fire dispatch didn’t arrive at the scene of the fire until an hour after the fire had spread and done permanent damage.

“Many people here are saying the fire is of a plot and not natural,” said Ah Bran.

Some shop owners have accused the local authority of wanting to build a new market and having started the fire in order to irrevocably destroy the old one.

Nai Wona, a resident of Thanbyuzayart Township, suggests there may be precedence for this story: “The people are saying that the local authority acted very similar to a situation surrounding a big market in Moulmein that was destroyed by fire early last year. They started a fire at the market in Moulmein so they could build a new one. The case in Thanbyuzayart is very similar to that in Moulmein.”

Some Thanbyuzayart locals said that the market’s security guards attempted to stop the fire by themselves when the fire was beginning, but could not handle the flames and were forced to call the fire department. However, by the time the fire dispatch arrived, it was too late.

Fire destroyed a market in Mon State last night. (Photo: Kaowao)


Feedback From
Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 2:57 AM
Name of sender: Hongsarnai
Email of sender: channai@hotmail.com
COMMENTS: A little can be controed by local men if all men in the town allowed to kill the fire. This in-known fire (action) destoryed local market with long tern saving of local people for living. U Own Myint, Mon State's Minister must take action and compensate to local stall owner. If Mon State government ignored this unlawful act, what kind of goverment or authority we, local people could trust under a democratic system. Mon families are hard working people, but they are punished by hardworing and rich. Mon MPs and local Mon leaders must ask U Own Mying today for timely action. If U Own Myint rejected this action, never again vote and elect former military men for the next election. It requires a collective action for chaing the culprit action of the unlawful act. Mon and NMSP leaders just speak out today for this justice.

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