PMB businessman loses all as linen factory burns

2009-08-25 00:00

A LOCAL businessman lost everything when his Manchester Road factory, which manufactures bed linen, was gutted by fire and reduced to rubble and bricks yesterday morning.

The Kubugani textile factory was burned down after a fire started there at around 7.45 yesterday morning.

The fire raged for at least an hour before the fire department extinguished it.

By then, the roof and walls of the factory had caved in.

The owner of the factory, Sohail Gani, said his business was not insured because he is a Muslim and his faith does not believe in insurance.

Speaking on Gani’s behalf, Anil Khan, an associate of Gani, said Gani has been financially ruined by the fire.

Khan said that at about 7.45 am yesterday, one of the employees at the factory came to their offices to tell them that there was thick smoke coming from the factory.

“We rushed to the factory and opened the doors and saw thick smoke. The fire began to grow and it destroyed everything …”

Khan said the owner was not the only person affected. “There were about 20 employees who worked here and now they are out of jobs.”

He said that unless Gani received assistance, his business was gone. “Everything he had, had been invested in that shop.”

Some of the employees who lived in the outer building at the factory described seeing the fire spread. One employee said he had gone to the toilet when he saw the smoke coming from the factory.

“I rushed to wake the other guys and I went to tell the boss that there was smoke coming from the factory.”

Brian Khanya of the Msunduzi Fire Department said the cause of the fire has not yet been identified and that investigations are still continuing.

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