Fire destroys 24 line rooms | Sunday Observer

Fire destroys 24 line rooms

30 December, 2018

Twenty-four line room living quarters of workers of Fordyce Estate in Hatton were destroyed by fire during the wee hours of yesterday, rendering 19 families, consisting of 28 men, 35 women and 45 children homeless.

The line room quarters were completely reduced to ashes and the cause of the fire has not be ascertained as yet.

The fire was doused with the help of the Hatton police, the fire brigades of the Dickoya Urban Council and the Nuwara Eliya Municipal Council and the public but, unfortunately, the affected workers could only recover part of their valuables and belongings, according to reports.

Gold jewellery, important documents, household goods, children’s school books and other equipment were destroyed, according to reports. It took over three hours for the Fire Brigade to bring the fire under control. Over 107 people displaced due to the fire are being accommodated in a school building and relief is being provided to them by the estate management, the Norwood Pradeshiya Sabha and the Ministry of New Estate Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development.

Police are investigating the cause of the fire.