A fire reduced the Arpico factory at Mattegoda to rubble around 9.00 a.m. yesterday. The loss has been estimated at almost 60 million rupees. The factory was manufacturing Rigifoam and Plastic water tanks.
A spokesman for the Colombo Fire Brigade said they had first dispatched 12 fire engines and water bowsers to Mattegoda. They were reinforced by the Ratmalana Airport Fire Brigade and branches in Wellawatte and Mount Lavinia.
Air Force helicopters also sprayed water over the raging fire to contain it.
The heat was so intense that people living in the immediate vicinity had evacuated their homes fearing that it would spread. However, in the afternoon it had been brought under control.
CEO of Arpico, Praveen Samarasinghe said no one was injured. The cause of the fire has still to be established.