Rangoon factory fire kills three

Aug 24, 2009 (DVB), Three people have died after a fire broke out last week in an alcohol factory in Rangoon, causing nearly $US7 million worth of damage.

The cause of the fire, which broke out on 22 August in a distillery belonging to the International Beverages Trading Co. Ltd in Rangoon’s satellite district of Hlegu, is unknown.

According to a company official, the fire, fueled by highly inflammable materials used for distilling liquor, spread first to other parts in the factory compounds and it took some 30 fire trucks about six hours to completely suppress it.

"Some people speculate that it started from a boiler room where a lot of the materials stored there are highly inflammable," said the official, adding that "the whole factory was completely destroyed".

An official on duty at Hlegu police station said three people were killed in the incident while one was missing. Six people were sent to hospital with burn injuries. One fire truck that arrived at the scene also caught on fire, he said.

The IBTC's produces Grand Royal Whisky, one of the most successful brands in Burma.

The company's managing director, Aung Moe Kyaw, is the founder and owner of Ukthar United Football Club, representing Bago division in the country’s Myanmar National League Football competition.

Reporting by Min Lwin

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