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Foul play suspected as fire destroys KPTC’s 79 buses No casualties; damage runs in millions

 KUWAIT CITY, July 7: Fire engulfed 79 out of 1,300 buses parked in the garage of Kuwait Public Transport Company (KPTC) resulting in huge material losses estimated at millions of Kuwaiti dinars. In a press statement, Deputy Director General of the Firefighting Sector and Manpower Development Department in Kuwait Fire Service Directorate (KFSD) Brigadier Khalid Al-Mikrad disclosed the department dispatched firefighters from four fire stations after receiving information on the incident. He confirmed the fire was declared under control within a short span of time. He added no casualties or injuries were reported but the fire caused enormous losses.

A large number of top officials from the Interior Ministry were on hand to supervise the fire-out operation and they are keen on closely following up the incident to take the necessary action in case it is proven the fire was deliberate.

Meanwhile, the Accidents Investigation Unit, in coordination with the Criminal Evidence Department in the Interior Ministry, has started looking into the incident to determine the actual cause of fire.

Results of preliminary investigations seem to confirm suspicion that the fire was deliberate as combustible substances were found in the area.

The Executive Chairman of Kuwait Public Transportation Company (KPTC) Dr Essa Abdullah Al-Habeel affirmed that investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of the fire incident in the KPTC garage in Ardiya Industrial Area.

In a press statement, he indicated that the concerned department of the company is collating all necessary information required to complete the final report on the incident. Al-Habeel expressed appreciation for the brave efforts exerted by the firefighters in controlling the fire, adding the company has followed all necessary procedures including reporting the incident at Ardiya Police Station and filing case 54/2014.

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