A huge fire has ripped through a luxury hotel in Myanmar’s biggest city of Yangon.
The blaze broke out at the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel, a lakeside hotel popular with foreigners and a landmark in the city, at around 3 am local time on Thursday.
The fire, which started at around 3am, ravaged the teak upper floors of the hotel.
Guests were moved to nearby hotels and it took firefighters several hours to put out the flames.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
On social media, photos and video showed the fire sweeping through the building and smoke rising from the five-star hotel hours after daybreak.
A fire has gutted the colonial era teak wood Kandawgyi Palace hotel in Yangon. One fatality confirmed so far.— Jerome Taylor (@JeromeTaylor) October 19, 2017
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In Yangon for a few days & our hotel caught on fire. Luckily my family and I were all able to get out safely. I hope everyone else did too. pic.twitter.com/qfyoKS8fFA— DP3PO (@davidpowersIII) October 19, 2017
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Such terrible news that fire destroy Yangon’s Kandawgyi Hotel, Myanmar, a magical place.— M. Soriano Urban (@sorianourban) October 19, 2017