Fire destroys Panadura clothing store; police say reason yet to be ascertained

Fire destroys Panadura clothing store; police say reason yet to be ascertained

Written by Bella Dalima

21 Jun, 2014 | 8:28 pm

The cause behind the fire which erupted at an outlet of a clothing store in the Panadura area has not yet been ascertained according to the police. The fire which erupted on Saturday morning caused extensive damage to the outlet.

The fire erupted at around 3 a.m.

Fire and rescue units from Dehiwala, Colombo as well as Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte were dispatched to douse the fire .

According to our correspondent in the area, the fire was doused at around 6 a.m.

The fire caused extensive damage  to the clothing store.

A number of political representatives arrived at the scene of the incident on Saturday morning.

Senior Minister of Urban Affairs, A.H.M. Fowzie said:

[quote]This is a grave crime, we condemn it. We will explain matters to the President and attempt to stop this from here. We are really hurt by this. These incidents seem to indicate that they want another war. We hope that this will stop immediately and an environment will be created where all races will be able to live in peace .[/quote]

Leader of National Unity Front, Azad Sally shared these views:

[quote]They have attacked the country’s economy. When property damage is caused to the general public the government should provide compensation. Who provides this money? Its doesn’t come from any one’s personal pocket. It comes from the general public. If this continues we will be heading for a grave issue. It is the government’s responsibility to ensure that such incidents do not occur .[/quote]

The Deputy Government Analyst who arrived at the location on Saturday afternoon, inspected the scene of the incident.

Police Media Spokesperson, SSP Ajith Rohana speaking on the issue said:

[quote]We have focussed our attention on two things. We are investigating whether a fault in an electrical system caused this fire. We are also investigating  whether this was an act of arson. Police scene of crime officers have been called in to inspect the location. It is difficult for us to ascertain whether this was an act of arson or a fault in an electrical system, until the investigation is concluded .[/quote]
















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