A fire broke out yesterday in the headquarters of the United Wa State Army (UWSA), Panghsang, a day after the Wa people celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the revolt against the Communist Party of Burma (CPB), according to www. taifreedom.com reported in Shan language.
The fire broke out at around 10:00 (local time) at a petrol station and teak warehouse owned by the UWSA’s Southern Region commander Wei Hsuehkang.
“No one could stop the fire because it was so fierce. It burned all day,” a local eyewitness was quoted in the report.
It is not known yet how much loss the burning has cost.
“The loss would be huge because over 10,000 tons of teaks were gone and the petrol station was the biggest one in Panghsang,” the source said.
The blaze had shocked many people because it took place despite maximum security, the source said.
The Wa authorities had strictly tightened their security 3 months before the ceremony on 17 April.
Hundreds of delegates from other ceasefire groups including Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), the Kachin Independent Organization (KIO) and the Shan State Army (SSA) “North” and many others had attended the ceremony.
At present, the Wa authorities are still investigating, according the source.
SHAN was unable to obtain independent confirmation on the incident.