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Fire on the heart of addis

Indeed it is a great loss for every country loving Ethiopian to witness the razing of the oldest and first hotel in the history of Ethiopia, Taytu Hotel. Taytu hotel is an icon, and a land mark. Since its establishment in 1898 EC, the hotel has accommodated a piece of our history. It was the jewel of Piassa, the heart of Addis. The fact that it was made of wooden materials, like many other buildings from the monarch era, has aggravated to its destruction greatly. What has more contributed to this cruel ablaze of the hotel was our lack of an instant fire brigade which can extinguish the fire before extreme damage is done. Our preparedness in this regard is always dismal. And we don’t seem to learn from the previous accidents as well. It is always the same shameful loss.
After the fire has claimed its share some non-patriotic individuals were very kin and fast enough to blame the accident on the government hoping it will tarnish their enemy’s name. There is no one who can benefit by setting fire to such an edifice. If they were thinking they will blame the government by igniting the hotel by themselves, then they have lost the game. Rather than waiting for police investigation results, if we start pointing our fingers on people then we are losing the goal we were trying to aim at.
Our world has seen devastating fire. The great London fire, New York fire and so on were written in history. Fire in Ethiopia is not a new scenario; but it always hurt when it occurs. We hope the hotel will be restored fast and open its gates to the guests once more.

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