Another Building Catches Fire In Bulawayo
Four families in Bulawayo were Tuesday night left stranded after a block of flats in the city centre caught fire, Chronicle reported.
The fire, which erupted at Ringwood Flats located at the corner of Second Avenue and George Silundika Street, is suspected to have started at around 4 PM.
Two weeks ago, another fire hit the city centre area when a fuel tanker caught fire during decanting while another flat at Ascot caught fire last month.
The entire third floor of the flat was reduced to ashes and tenants were left counting losses.
Bulawayo acting chief fire officer Mr Lynos Phiri said they delayed arriving at the scene as they were attending three other fire calls in Matsheumhlope suburb and Umguza.
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One of the tenants, Mr Trymore Mangwiro, told Chronicle that he was informed about the fire while he was at work. He said:
We lost everything in the inferno as we could not salvage anything. My sister called the fire brigade but they delayed coming and as such they could not salvage anything. It is unclear what exactly transpired there.
Mr Mangwiro said he heard that the fire started in a room where there were only children whose parents were at work.
A neighbour, Mrs Nomalanga Dube, said they only saw a thick cloud of smoke coming out of the flat.
She said the power was switched off and people were shouting for help.
The first fire tender arrived without water but they quickly connected to the nearby fire hydrant before two other fire tenders arrived.
Mr Phiri said they were still conducting investigations to establish the cause of the fire.
Bulawayo Mayor, Councillor Solomon Mguni wrote on Facebook last night urging residents to take insurance against fires. He also expressed concern over dilapidated buildings in the city centre.