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Fire destroys landmark hotel in Myanmar's largest city

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One person was killed on Thursday in a massive fire that destroyed one of Yangon’s best-known hotels.

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It was sending dark smoke billowing over the centre of Myanmar’s largest city and triggering an hours-long battle to put out the flames.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, which broke out around 3:20 a.m. at the teak-and-stone Kandawgyi Palace Hotel overlooking a picturesque inner-city lake, authorities told Reuters.

An unidentified body was found in a guest room and two people were injured, said Htay Lwin, a spokesman of hotel owner Htoo Group.

Authorities were investigating the cause of the fire and the cost of the damage was not immediately clear, he added.

The fire had been mostly extinguished by 7 a.m., and more than 140 guests were shifted to nearby hotels.

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