Station fire report pending


POLICE in Morobe are yet to submit a formal report into the Mutzing police station fire that killed an inmate.
Police commander Supt Augustine Wampe told The National this week that there were three investigations into the fire on Oct 26 in the mi-Atzera LLG area of Markham.
Police earlier said there were police personnel around at the station at the time Joe Bund Palu, 40, from Domil village in Jiwaka, died in the fire.
Palu, a father-of-two and employee of the Sasiang Farm near Leron, was detained for allegedly being drunk and behaving disorderly.
Wampe said the police, PNG Fire Services and PNG Power conducted their investigations to determine the cause of the fire.
But Wampe said he had not received any reports from the police, PNG Fire Services or PNG Power.
“I have my own assumptions but I would like to see what the report says,” Wampe said.
“I am expecting a report from the policemen on the ground by the end of this week.
“We are waiting for the full report. Once we receive it, we can tell the cause of the fire.
“Right now I can’t take any action or make any decisions because I do not have a report.”
Wampe had earlier described the incident as “very unfortunate” and met with Palu’s relatives who had travelled to Morobe from Jiwaka and assured them that police would investigate the matter.
Morobe Governor Kelly Naru said the police station was supposed to be a safe place for people to take refuge but when tragedies like fire happened, it raised a lot of concern over security and safety issues.

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