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Burma Says Thousands Homeless after Fire in Rangoon


A fire in the Burmese capital, Rangoon, has left nearly two thousand families homeless.

Burmese and Red Cross officials say Tuesday's fire swept through an older residential area where the houses were built of wood and bamboo.

More than 15,00 homes and a Buddhist monastery were destroyed. The official New Light of Myanmar newspaper says fire trucks were not able to enter the neighborhood's narrow lanes.

Authorities say no one died. Camps have been set up for the homeless.

A statement from the Burmese Red Cross says they have provided basic supply kits for two thousand families and the United Nations Children's Fund-UNICEF is contributing two thousand kits for children.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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