Fire engines come to fight fire without water

Text and Pic By Gamini Munasinghe

Due to the lethargy and indifference of the Colombo fire brigade two houses were gutted yesterday following a fire at a polythene collection centre at Dippigoda Road, Hunupitiya, Wattala.

What was incomprehensible was that the Colombo fire brigade had realised there was no water in the two fire engines only after arriving at the scene.

The firemen were forced to leave the scene to fill up the bowsers with water by which time the two houses were fully gutted.

However firemen were able to extinguish the fire before it spread any further.

The whole area was engulfed in thick black smoke. There were no causalities.

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