Saturday, August 19, 2017

Gas-line blaze damages two cars in South Okkalapa

In an unfortunate incident yesterday, a downed electrical line came into contact with an underground natural gas line running to CNG No (017) station, igniting spilled gas around 8:30am and starting a fire that destroyed two cars at the corner of Than Thumar and Yadanar Streets in South Okkalapa township.

The fire was extinguished in about fifteen minutes, but not before two cars were destroyed. Photos: Nathalie F. Manac'h / FacebookThe fire was extinguished in about fifteen minutes, but not before two cars were destroyed. Photos: Nathalie F. Manac'h / Facebook

The total damage from the fire were estimated at K6.2 million (US$4,500), mostly from damage to two cars nearby, an official from South Okkalapa police station said.

"The township electrical engineers and natural gas corporation authorities ar subject to punishment under section 285 of the penal code," the official added.

The combined efforts of 11 fire engines and three administration vehicles had extinguished the fire by 8:42am, but not before two cars closest to the electrical pole had been destroyed. The tyre of a third car and back of a fourth were also partially burned. No injuries were reported.

"A live wire from the electricity pole fell on two parked cars near a traffic light. An active natural gas pipe lines were lying underneath the two cars, and the gas caught fire," said local resident Ko Khin Win, who was present at the event.

An investigation as opened by the South Okkalapa police station under section 285 of penal code, which covers covers negligence involving a fire and public endangerment.

Translation by Emoon