5 February 2013

Tanzania: PPF Tower Fire 'Caused Little Loss'

A PRELIMINARY study following a fire that erupted at the PPF Tower on Sunday has shown that the premises of tenants in the building were not affected in any way, it has been announced.

A public notice issued by the Director General of PPF evening noted, however, that electricity in the building would not be restored until water is mopped and dried from its electrical system.

"In the process of extinguishing the fire a lot of water got into the building's electrical system. In the circumstances the building's electrical consultant has advised that electricity should not be restored until water is removed from all electrical systems to avoid any further problems," read part of the notice.

Fire erupted at the building at around 6:00 am on Sunday. It occurred in the communication equipment room located at the top of the building which is located at the junction of Garden Avenue and Ohio Street.

The fire and rescue brigade managed to control the fire in the room and the exercise was completed successfully. "We therefore request tenants, their customers and other building users to bear with us.

The electrical contractor is working around the clock to ensure electricity is restored at the soonest and tenants resume normal business," the notice concluded. Meanwhile, two cosmetics shops were gutted down by fire at the busy Mwenge Bus Stand in Kinondoni district.

No one was harmed by the inferno. The fire lasted for about half an hour in the area which has about 14 shops. The fire and rescue brigade arrived on the scene before the fire could spread to other shops and managed to put out the fire.

Police officers from the nearby Mwenge Police Post had an uphill task to keep at bay suspected thieves from stealing property and goods which were being moved from other shops as owners were scared that the fire could spread to their shops. Kinondoni Police Commander Charles Kenyela confirmed the incident, stating however that the cause of the fire and the loss incurred was yet to be established.

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