Resort coffee shop destroyed in fire

A coffee shop on Eriyadhoo Resort in Kaafu Atoll was destroyed in a fire this morning, reports Haveeru.

A nearby pool room was also damaged in the blaze, which took hold at around 1:40am.

Resort staff extinguished the fire in two hours, at 3:30am. Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) firefighters arrived at 4:00am.

“It’s difficult to say the exact cost of the damage, but the whole coffee shop and the bar has been burnt to rubble,” the resort’s manager Mohamed Ijaz told Haveeru, estimating that the damage was around Rf 5 million (US$390,000).