Fire destroys 20 line houses in Maskeliya

By Chandana Jayaweera

A fire has broken out in a row of estate houses at the Queensland Section of the Brunswick Estate in Maskeliya at around 1.00 pm today (17) destroying 20 houses.

The fire has broken out while the plantation workers were on their way to work today. About 73 members of the families of plantation workers who had been living in the houses have been displaced.

Efforts by plantation workers and the Maskeliya Police to put out the blaze have been unsuccessful.

Police said that no one was injured in the fire and the police suspect that the fire had broken out due to an electric shortage. 

The Maskeliya police are conducting further investigations.