Massive Fire Guts Iconic Yangon Hotel Kandawgyi Palace

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Naypyidaw: A massive fire has destroyed an iconic luxury hotel in the city of Yangon in Myanmar, killing one person. Two others were injured in the blaze which began around 03:00 (20:30 GMT Wednesday) at the Kandawgyi Palace.

The hotel, which was largely made out of teak and built in a traditional Burmese style, was a local landmark popular with tourists. It took hundreds of firefighters several hours to put out the blaze. More than 140 guests were evacuated.

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The hotel, which sits by the Kandawgyi lake, was built in the 1990s but its oldest section dates back to the 1930s, when the site was used as a rowing club by British army officers.
The Htoo Group was founded by controversial Burmese tycoon Tay Za, who was closely linked to Myanmar’s former military regime.

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