KUWAIT: Firefighters tackle a blaze at a main power transformer in Hawally yesterday.
KUWAIT: Firefighters tackle a blaze at a main power transformer in Hawally yesterday.

KUWAIT: A power transformer caught fire near a private school in Hawally yesterday morning, but no injuries were reported. Firefighters from three different fire stations arrived to the scene located at the Zarqaa Al-Yamama Street shortly after the blaze was reported. They immediately evacuated the area and tackled the flames. The fire was brought under control shortly afterwards. Necessary procedures were carried out and power was restored to the affected buildings in the area, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported quoting a Ministry of Electricity and Water statement. An investigation was opened to determine what caused the main transformer to catch fire. Separately, a fire broke out in a car in Riqqa. Mangaf fire center responded and put out the fire. No injuries were reported.

Ex-cons arrested
Ahmadi police arrested two ex-convicts – a Kuwaiti and a Saudi – following a hot pursuit. A police patrol asked the motorist to stop because the car did not have a license plate in the front, but he sped off instead. The patrol went after the car and rammed it, and the driver and his passenger were chased on foot until they were caught. Thirty five tablets were found with the Saudi, while the Kuwaiti had eight cases against him – 10 years for possessing weapons, 3 months for dishonesty, five years for liquor and drugs, arrest for using drugs and three cases of debt to communications companies totaling KD 1,628.

Crackdown in Wafra
Ahmadi police carried out a campaign targeting Wafra farms under the supervision of acting assistant undersecretary for general security Major General Ibrahim Al-Tarrah and command of Director General of Ahmadi Security Department Brig Abdullah Al-Mulla. Mulla said several cars were spotted being driven by reckless drivers on major streets, scaring citizens in the process. He said the vehicles were videotaped by helicopters and the farms where they were hidden were located. The campaign resulted in impounding 29 sports cars and two vehicles driven on two wheels, in addition to a vehicle loaded with tires for replacement of worn out ones.

Abandoned cars removed
Kuwait Municipality’s public relations department said the general cleanliness and road occupancy department in Jahra carried out a field campaign that resulted in removing 198 cars from Jahra industrial area, 160 warnings were issued, while 18 citations were issued to stores in the area.

By Hanan Al-Saadoun