Major fire in Kahathuduwa
KAHATHUDUWA: A major fire broke out at the Kahathuduwa Richard Peiris
plastic manufacturing plant yesterday causing massive destruction
estimated to run into millions of rupees.
ON FIRE: Smoke billowing after the Richard Peiris plastic
manufacturing plant in Kahathuduwa caught fire. Picture by Anil
According to police, the company's plastic manufacturing section was
completely gutted in the fire which broke out in the morning.
"The cause of the fire is not yet known. It could be a leak in a
metal gas tube fitted inside the factory. It was a wholly plastic
manufacturing plant with a lot of chemicals which could have aided the
fire," Police said. Police said the fire took time to spread and
therefore the employees had time to escape. All newly installed machines
in the factory were completely destroyed.
The Colombo Fire Brigade, Air Force, Army, Navy and Police were
engaged in controlling the fire which was raging even by late evening
with thick clouds of smoke billowing into the skies. The factory was in
a large area but the roads in the surrounding area were narrow making it
difficult for fire engines to reach the spot. The factory is in a highly