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Zimbabwe fire incidents explained

by Staff reporter
23 Nov 2018 at 20:40hrs | Views
Zimbabwe Republic Police has urged members of the public to be cautious of individuals or groups who are trying to link recent fire incidents to all sorts of speculations yet facts on the ground are clear.

Explaining all the fire incidents that occurred in Harare, Kadoma, Beitbridge and Bulawayo, national police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said they had noted with concern the destruction of properties due to fire countrywide and urged members of the public to be alert to avoid loss of lives and property.

"Initial investigations for the fire incidences reported have established that the fire that gutted Glen View 8 Furniture Complex was as a result of a generator that was under repair which exploded," said Snr Ass-Comm Charamba.

"(The) Six motor vehicles burnt to shells at SiyaSo in Mbare, the fire is suspected to have been caused by two unidentified children who were seen running away from the scene where the fire was started. Further investigations are underway.

"Three fire incidences which occurred in Kadoma where fire razed down Laxman Complex that housed Edgars, Jet, Coloursell Furniture shops, ZRP Beitbridge and the one at which occurred at Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo are all suspected to have been caused by electrical faults.

"In the fatal accident which claimed 33 lives along the Bulawayo-Beitbridge highway, the fire is suspected to have been caused by a leaking gas cylinder which was in the bus.

"The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to always encourage members of the public to engage experts to constantly check for electrical faults.

"When it is necessary to start controlled burning, the public should inform their neighbours and the police as prescribed for by the law and ensure fire does not spread.

"Meanwhile, the public is urged to desist from starting random fires such as those caused by cigarettes thrown by smokers, hunters or those clearing their fields.

"It is the responsibility of every citizen to assist in extinguishing fire whenever they come across one and we also wish to remind the public to ensure they put in place fireguards around their homesteads and work premises where possible," said Snr Ass-Comm Charamba.

Reports circulating were suggesting Satanism, opposition political parties sabotaging economy or bad spell on nation and police vehemently dismissed all these speculations following investigations.

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