YANGON, Myanmar – A colonial-era luxury wooden hotel in Myanmar’s former capital Yangon suffered severe damage in a massive fire that broke out early Thursday.
The fire started around 3:00 am (2030 GMT Wednesday) in the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel and quickly engulfed the wooden building constructed mainly from teak.
Firefighters extinguished the flames shortly before 7:00 am after the fire had damaged almost all of the hotel’s structure.
A Chinese tourist and a firefighter were reportedly injured in the fire, according to an epa reporter.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
Kandawgyi Palace Hotel is a five-star lakefront hotel originally built by the British as an exclusive rowing club in 1934. It attracts visitors with its traditional Myanmar architecture featuring the lavish use of teak.