A grocery shop warehouse in Zhombe was extensively damaged by fire on Tuesday night last week and goods estimated to valued at US$95 thousand were destroyed.
The owners of the “Hande Bhebhi Stores” were sleeping inside when the fire broke out. Fortunately, all the people escaped unhurt.
The incident was confirmed by the Midlands police spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko, who said that investigations as to the cause of the inferno were underway. He said:
I can confirm that there was a fire that burnt down a shop in Zhombe and almost all the stock was reduced to ashes.
We are, however, not yet aware of the cause of the fire as investigations by the relevant authorities are currently underway to ascertain the cause of the fire.
The fire was just too strong to be put out by the villagers living close to Joel Growth Point where the shop is located, revealed Chief Weight Gwesela.
I was awakened by the commotion outside only to see the shop in flames. We tried everything to save the groceries and other goods but to no avail.
I am, however, glad that no-one was injured and there was no loss of life in the mishap.
The chief bemoaned the absence of fire tenders in the area. He added:
We were using buckets to try to put out the fire but I think we need to have a fire tender at our local authority to help in such incidents.