Fire guts Escom poles in Ntchisi
Fire has gutted Escom poles in Ntchisi District on Wednesday night.
The incident happened at Buzi Primary School Ground where the utility body was keeping their poles meant for Electrification Programme.
The fire started at a nearby bush by unknown people and later spread over to the nearby poles.
Due to solignum which is used to protect the poles from termites, the poles quickly caught fire.
The team of police officers from Ntchisi Police Station led by the Officer In-Charge for Ntchisi Police Station Senior Assistant Commissioner Dennis T.P. Banda went to the scene and extinguished the fire together with community members and Escom officials.
No one was injured in the fire.
Meanwhile, 32 poles have been burnt to ashes and 5 poles have been recovered.
Investigations are in progress to establish the value of the poles and arrest the suspects to answer a charge of arson.
Sub Inspector Richard Mwakayoka Kaponda, Public Relations Officer for Ntchisi Police Station.