28 cars burnt in freak  accident

28 cars burnt in freak accident

MASERU – AT LEAST 28 cars went up in smoke at the Berea Police Station in Teya-teyaneng on Tuesday.
Police spokesperson Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli confirmed the incident.
He said the fire broke out during the cleaning process by some inmates around the police station.

“There was a cleaning process going on in the police station yard and as cleaners were trying to burn the waste, the fire went out of control and burnt the cars,” he said.
He said the charred cars were exhibits of pending cases in the courts.
The cost of the vehicles could not be quantified.

It is also not clear if any action is going to be taken against the inmates who caused the blaze.
The police failed to put out the fire and could only watch helplessly as the cars were burnt.
Mopeli said while some Lesotho Mounted Police Services (LMPS) officers are training in fire-fighting, the police are struggling to get enough fire-trucks for such emergencies.

“There are LMPS employees who are trained to fight fire, but lack of equipment remains a major problem,” he said.
He said one fire-truck had to rush from Maseru to Berea to douse the blaze.

Mopeli said this was a wake-up call to all Basotho to avoid possible risks that could lead to outbreaks of fire.
“When the weather is hot as it is now, there is a possibility that fire could easily break out, therefore Basotho should avoid burning fire during this time,” he warned. Lesotho, with a population of two million people, only has three fire-trucks.

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