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County Fire engine contains West Kenya Sugar fire in record time

Busia    County Government’s   the  new state-of-the-art fire engine  confirmed its presence  when it  managed to contain fire at  West Kenya  Sugar factory at Olepito in a record time.
Fire started   at one of the crashing machines at around 8pm on Wednesday. The company Human Resource Manager,  Dickens Okoth said  the  County engine arrived in a record  20 minutes  after  fire outbreak.
The officers fought with the inferno and  managed to contain it  before it  could  spread to other buildings.
I salute the  County Government for  purchasing the engine. It is very effective  with the officers also proving that they  are up to task,” he said.
Although the management   says the cause of the fire is not known ,  sources said the fire could have been caused  by  overheating of the  crushing  machine .
Others say  it could have been caused by an electric fault. ” Electricity had disappeared for about  three minutes before it returned with  a surge.”
Chief Officer in the Governor Sospeter Ojaamong’s office  Ezekiel  Okwach  who is in charge of Disaster  management docket  said they responded  for the distress call within minutes  of  getting a phone call from the factory management.
” We are happy that the new machine  can contain raging fires  within reasonable time. The officers who carried the operation did a commendable job. I thank them for  the speed they took to respond to the distress call.
Okwach assured county residents that  the County Government  had put elaborate measures  to contain fire outbreaks  after  purchasing a modern fire engine  worth Sh55m.
 The engine is fully equipped with modern equipment and accessories from  Ziegler Company  in  Germany.  It has a capacity of  9,000 litres of water and 1,000L of form.
The  engine has all  fire fighting accessories including floodlights and other lights.  It can throw  4,000 litres  of water  per minute.
Photo:  The inferno at  West Kenya Sugar on Wednesday night

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