June 18, Colombo: An old ship in the Myliddy fishing harbor in Kankasanthurai, Jaffna had caught fire early this morning (18), Kankasanthurai Police said.
The ship had been stranded in the harbor for about a year due to a technical fault and there was no cargo inside the ship, the police said.
According to the police, the ship, belonged to a Sri Lankan businessman, had been used to transport cement from India and it had stopped between the reefs due to a technical fault.
Firefighters of the Jaffna Municipal Council and the firefighting units of the Navy have extinguished the fire.
The cause of the fire has not been ascertained yet. Kankasanthurai police is conducting further investigations regarding the fire.