Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:58 Mizzima News
An investigation team has been formed by the Yangon Region Government to find out the exact cause of the fire that resulted in the deaths of 13 boys at the 48th Street Mosque on Tuesday.
|Yangon security forces pictured outside the 48th Street Mosque on Tuesday. (Photo: Mizzima)|
Fire services and government authorities initially responded with an explanation: “The fire—caused by the overheating of a transformer placed under the staircase—spread, trapping the boys sleeping in the attic. As a result, 13 twelve-year-old boys died of suffocation after inhaling smoke," a fire service officer said, reading from a statement, according to a report by Reuters.
The committee is comprised of seven members from various government bodies, including Kyi Win, the head of the Yangon Region Fire Services Department, Police Lt-Col Thet Lwin, deputy commander of the Yangon Region Police Force, and Aung Kyi, the head of Yangon Region Religious Affairs Department.
The results of their fact-finding report are due to be submitted to the regional government by April 5.