Police clarifies on the fire incident at Gishushu
TheÂ Police spokesperson Assistant Commission of PoliceÂ (ACP) Celestin Twahirwa refuted claims by the vehicle owner that the fire was ignited by a tossed cigarette butt saying that investigationsÂ have since proved that itâ€™s technically impossible.
â€œPreliminary investigations have since established that it is technically not possible for a cigarette butt tossed on a movingÂ vehicleâ€™s bonnet to ignite a fire considering that the gas tank of a Mercedes Benz is at the back and not in front; still there is no way a cigarette spark could burn the bonnet to the extent of reaching theÂ engine,â€ said ACP Twahirwa.
He added that the fire started from within the car and not at theÂ bonnet; this is clearly visible from the photos.
â€œThe car, which was model 1994, was already in a sorry state and mayÂ have had several mechanical problems including wiring. The carâ€™s motor vehicle inspection certificate had expired,â€ said the police spokesperson.
He went on to reveal details of the investigations saying that the first responding police officer who arrivedÂ at the scene, immediately was not told by the owner, the cause of fire but he said he didnâ€™t know the real cause and never mentioned â€œa tossed cigarette butt” incident
â€œThe owner came up with the story of a tossed cigarette butt at a veryÂ later hour otherwise the officer could have followed up the vehicle that tossed the cigarette immediately or communication to intercept it ahead,â€ he said.
ACP Twahirwa however pointed out that thorough investigations are still going on to identify the exact cause of fire but so far preliminary findings have ruled out a tossed cigarette butt incident.