Seven people died in a pre-dawn fire at the Gandamar Wholesale Centre in Rangoon’s Mayangon township early Tuesday. Allegedly caused by an electrical failure, the fire broke out in the Venus Garden Beauty Spa on the shopping centre’s third floor, killing seven people who were asleep inside the facility.
The fire broke out around 1am and was suppressed within an hour.
Aung Linn Oo, deputy-commander of the Bayinnaung Fire Department, told DVB just after the incident that the victims likely died from asphyxiation caused by smoke.
The official added that the interior and ceilings of the spa were destroyed by the fire and the department was still investigating the cause. A police report released on Tuesday stated that the fire was caused by an iron left connected overnight.
The report also announced that one man will be charged under Article 304 (a) of Burma’s penal code – causing death by negligence.
Mayangon township police Commander Than Naing said that of the seven victims, three were male, two female and two had yet to be unidentified.
“The first victim we found succumbed to injuries at the hospital and the other six were assumed to have died inside the spa, probably from asphyxiation,” said the police commander.
“We are working with the electricity department and fire department to investigate the cause of the fire – whether the fire started from a wire shock or something else.”
This is not the first deadly fire to occur in Rangoon this year; in April, 13 young boys died in a fire at a mosque also believed to have been caused by an electrical failure due to old and faulty wiring.