Fire leaves new cement factory in Zambia slightly damaged
Fire has gutted part of a cement milling plant at the Lafarge Cement's new plant in Chilanga, which is being constructed at a cost of US$120 million, according to Chilanga Cement Project Manager Mwewa Kapepula here Monday.
Kapepula, who took a team of journalists to assess the damage at the plant, said the fire was ignited after an electric wire touched wood supporting the steel structure.
“The fire occurred in a localised area. It has not affected 99 per cent of the plant. It occurred as a result of what we think is an electrical fire.
“We have called in the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO) to make an assessment. We think it was an electric fire after a wire touched some wood and ignited it,” he said
He said the fire started at 0230 GMT and was put out two hours later by a combined team of fire departments from Lusaka and Kafue cities.
The multimillion dollar plant is expected to be completed by April 2008.