It has been revealed that there have been many shortages in the security measures of the Colombo Divisional Secretariat that was destroyed by fire.
The building which was built in 1858 has been completely destroyed due to fire and it is reported that the planning division, control division, accounts division and the archives have also been destroyed.
The initial investigations have revealed that the fire had occurred at approximately 7.30pm and speaking to our news team spokesperson of the Divisional Secretariat stated that since the upper floor of the building was built with timber, the fire had spread rapidly.
He also stated that a closed-circuit television system was not installed at the Divisional Secretariat.
9 fire engines belonging to the Colombo, Kotte, Mount Lavinia Urban Councils and the Fire Department were utilized to combat the blaze.
The Fire Department stated that they were forced to use water intermittently to bring the fire under control due to the lack of emergency fire hydrants at the location of the Divisional Secretariat.
The Officer in Charge of the Colombo Fire Fighting Unit R. D. Wijesuriya stated that no fire alarm system was installed in the Divisional Secretariat offices either.
However, Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs John Seneviratne stated that the fire had not damaged the birth certificates, pension documents and land deeds of the public were not damaged.
Speaking further Minister Seneviratne stated that the cause of the fire has not yet been determined and that investigations are underway to determine whether the fire was caused due to and electrical short circuit.