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Seven Houses Destroyed in Fire in Maungdaw

RB News
January 31, 2018

Maungdaw, Arakan State -- At least 7 Rohingya houses were destroyed in a fire in northern Maungdaw today (Jan 31), report reliable sources .

The fire, likely accidental, broke out from the house of a local man identified as 'Rahmat Ullah' at 'Kan Paing Na' hamlet of Shwe Zarr (Shujah) village in northern Maungdaw at around 12:50 am (night).

Initially, the authorities prevented the villagers from reaching out to extinguish the fire.

"At around 1:40 am, nearly an hour after the fire started, the firebrigade arrived to extinguish the fire. By then, 7 houses had already been burnt down", said a villager to RB News.

Rahmat Ullah, the owner of the house where the fire started, is now reported on the run as the Burmese (Myanmar) authorities are seeking to arrest him.

On January 29, five Rohingya homes and two cowsheds were destroyed in a fire, which the locals suspect the Burmese (Myanmar) Border Guard Police had ignited, at 'Kyauk Phyu Taung' village in Buthidaung Township.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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