FIRE GUTS DOWN MARKET, LIQUOR STORE

Assorted property worth
undisclosed amount of
kwachas has been lost in two
separate fires that attacked
part of Mthandizi market in
Balaka district and New Dzaone liquor store at
populous Kawale Township in
the capital Lilongwe.

Police say both fire accidents
occurred Saturday night but
there were no human injuries.

Balaka Police Officer in charge
James Bwera said the fire at
Mthandizi market started
around 6pm and destroyed
about 30 wooden shops by
the time it died down on its own two hours later. Bwera said the fire originated from one grass roofed shop
after a phone battery that
was being charged burst.

“The fire caught the shop’s
roof and easily spread to
other shops because they are
mainly made of woods and
cartons,” he said.

According to Bwera, people
applied every tactic to
extinguish the fire but failed
to stop it until it died on its
own around 8pm.

“The good thing is that no life
was lost during the incident…

The cost of the damaged items
has not yet been established,”
he said.

Balaka District Commissioner
Fred Movete said his office
could not do anything on the
accident because they do not
have any fire fighting
machine as they rely on those from Zomba City.

And in Lilongwe, Central
Region Police Spokesperson
said the fire at New Dzaone
Bottle store started from a
generator the bar was using
following a blackout.

He said patrons at the club
managed to put off the fire
using water and sand after an
hour though by then some
crates of beers had already
been damaged.

“The fire emerged from a
generator that was being used
at the bottle store after a
power blackout. But some
people who were patronizing
the bottles store managed to stop it after some minutes
before extensive damage.

“As of now we don’t know
the value of the damaged
items, and we are just waiting
for the owner to do the
assessment and established
cost,” he said. @Nyasa Times

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Assorted property worth
undisclosed amount of
kwachas has been lost in two
separate fires that attacked
part of Mthandizi market in
Balaka district and New Dzaone liquor store at
populous Kawale Township in
the capital Lilongwe.

Police say both fire accidents
occurred Saturday night but
there were no human injuries.

Balaka Police Officer in charge
James Bwera said the fire at
Mthandizi market started
around 6pm and destroyed
about 30 wooden shops by
the time it died down on its own two hours later. Bwera said the fire originated from one grass roofed shop
after a phone battery that
was being charged burst.

“The fire caught the shop’s
roof and easily spread to
other shops because they are
mainly made of woods and
cartons,” he said.

According to Bwera, people
applied every tactic to
extinguish the fire but failed
to stop it until it died on its
own around 8pm.

“The good thing is that no life
was lost during the incident…

The cost of the damaged items
has not yet been established,”
he said.

Balaka District Commissioner
Fred Movete said his office
could not do anything on the
accident because they do not
have any fire fighting
machine as they rely on those from Zomba City.

And in Lilongwe, Central
Region Police Spokesperson
said the fire at New Dzaone
Bottle store started from a
generator the bar was using
following a blackout.

He said patrons at the club
managed to put off the fire
using water and sand after an
hour though by then some
crates of beers had already
been damaged.

“The fire emerged from a
generator that was being used
at the bottle store after a
power blackout. But some
people who were patronizing
the bottles store managed to stop it after some minutes
before extensive damage.

“As of now we don’t know
the value of the damaged
items, and we are just waiting
for the owner to do the
assessment and established
cost,” he said. @Nyasa Times

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