|Fire guts city furniture shop|
|Saturday, 07 January 2012 21:00|
Fatima Bulla and George Chiduku
The cause of the fire is yet to be established.
Refrigerators, stoves, sofas, beds and wardrobes were among the items reduced to ash in the inferno. No one was injured. Harare provincial police spokesperson Inspector James Sabau said they were yet to receive a full report on the incident.
Coloursell Furniture Shop manager Mr Anywin Tsepelo suspected the fire was a result of an electrical fault.
The shop owner’s cousin, Mr Doubt Mharadze, who runs a clothing retail outlet nearby, said he smelt smoke at around 3pm. He discovered the fire had engulfed the shop after further investigations.
“We also contacted the Fire Brigade,” he said.
The rowdy crowds were dispersed after police descended on them. When The Sunday Mail visited the scene, the Fire Brigade was still battling to put out the fire.
Their efforts were dented by leaking water pipes from their tanks. Harare City Fire Brigade assistant division officer Mr Joseph Rupiya also lamented the absence of fire hydrants nearby.
“We got water from Harare Central Police Station, which is quite a distance from here. We always require water supplements from hydrants as our vehicles do not carry sufficient water,” he said.