Fire stations Piton, Port-Louis and Triolet, with a staff of 31 firefighters were hard at work to contain the fire in Forbach in the north. A fight that lasted more than three hours. The road to Grand Gaube was even closed because of the thick black smoke emerged. It was not until 15 hours that the road was reopened to traffic.
For now, the origin of the fire is still unknown. 14.45 pm, firefighters were able to contain the fire. The toll was heavy. 250 acres under cane cultivation on 500 acres of land belonging to three companies - Terra, The Bordonnais and Rouillard & Brothers - were destroyed. It is our responsibility as 20 acres just been under cultivation. Piton police, elements of the CID and SOCO were summoned to the scene. An investigation was initiated to determine whether a criminal act.
In a statement to the Daily Challenge, the Divisionnal Officer firefighters, Dorsamy Ayacootee said the alert was given at 11.50. "The team at Piton is not available - it was already on the ground to control another fire - these are firefighters Barracks Port-Louis were solicited.
Given the magnitude of a disaster, the reinforcement was called "let he hear. Triolet firefighters intervened, followed by those of Piton. The staff of the company Terra and other properties have also given a helping hand. Regarding the cause of the fire, Divisionnal Officer Ayacootee leave it to the police to do their investigation. The police did not, however, eliminate the assumption of a criminal act.
Losses of Rs 9.6 million
An acre can produce 30 tons of raw sugar cane. Adult burned cane must be harvested and milled within a week. Cane but younger and still under cultivation can not be crushed due to its low sugar content. For 20 acres under cultivation, and recently have been destroyed, the losses are heavy. We are talking about 600 tonnes of sugarcane estimated at Rs 9.6 million, or Rs 16 000/tonne.