Chinese shop razed by fire in Zomba, Malawi Police says investigations under way

Goods worth millions of kwachas have been destroyed following fire which gutted a Chinese shop during early hours of Wednesday in Zomba.

Fire guts down Chinese shop

Fire guts down Chinese shop

Nyaude: Police are still investigating

Nyaude: Police are still investigating

According to Eastern Region Police Spokesperson Inspector Thomeck Nyaude, the Police received reports that Yua Yue shop has been gutted down into ashes by fire which started around 1.00 am.

Inspector Nyaude said Police is still investigating and working hand in hand with ESCOM to establish what caused the accident.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency, the security guard at the shop Emmanuel Sitima said he noticed this accident after realized that there was smoke inside the shop and he rushed to report to the Zomba City Council Fire Fighter section.

One of the eye witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity said the fire extended to the whole shop quickly because of what he believed to be flammable substances which was kept inside the shop.

He said by the time the watchman went to report to Fire Brigades, there was some explosion inside the shop which he suspected to be petro inside the gen set which was being used during black outs.

Zomba City Council Head of Fire Services Loadias Sendaluzi confirmed the incident and fire fighters rushed to the scene immediately after the office received the reports.

He said the moment the fire officers arrived at the scene, the fire was completely scattered the shop due to explosion which occurred before they arrived.

However, Sendaluzi said it took time for the shop owner to come and give access to fire fighters since the shop was locked and protected with big burglar bars and it was difficult to ease the situation.

He also said it was difficult to establish the cost of goods lost during the accident since it was difficult to communicate with the shop owner because he does not speak good English.

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11 thoughts on “Chinese shop razed by fire in Zomba, Malawi Police says investigations under way”

  1. Cimenti says:

    High time police and other public officers learned Chinese to be able to communicate with our Chinese business community. Yes, while it is true that some Chinese made goods not only in Malawi but all over the world are fake and substandard, Chinese shops stock some durable goods at reasonable prices. It is up to the shopper to buy what is a good item instead of just going for cheap. If we can vote with our wise shopping we can teach our Chinese colleagues that we do not want the fake or substandard goods and they will concentrate on supplying the good items.

  2. snoopdog says:

    Hahaha, fire department did not do anything apart from waste fuel and splash water on the roof. The first fire engine broke down on the scene, then the driver had to run by foot to get another fire engine. Then he ran again to get the third fire engine. There were 3 fire engines driven by 1 driver and only 3 firefighters. The driver then went in 1 of the fire engine to pick up another driver from his home n they finally had 2 drivers. they then went to fuel up at the filling station. All that while the shop was on fire. They also didn’t have any equipment to break the locks. What a shame for Zomba City Fire Department, and Zomba City Assembly is forcing people to demolish single storey buildings and replace with over 2 storey buildings. If they failed to switch off a fire in a single storey would they manage higher/taller building??? I guess no!!!! I watched the whole incident from when the fire just started and it was not put of by fire guys. It died down because everything flammable was already burnt down. Please stop lying to people useless fire department. You should have called airwing to assist you guys.

  3. Dr. Mango says:

    Precious BZ ; We say ‘The FLAMES’

  4. nomandela says:

    komanso ma improved mgwanya athu zibwano kunyenyekanyenyeka choncho?????

  5. Mwanawane says:

    Chodandaulisa ndi chani apa:katundu wapsayo ndiwa fake :tiyeni nawo agalu amenewa mpakana athawe akutionongera business

  6. Kanyimbi says:

    Very Bad.

  7. zomba boyz says:

    Allahh abwezelese ishaallah ndimvuto lowawa ineso ndinaziona pepan

  8. PRECIOUS BZ says:

    Malawi the frames.

  9. Ahmed says:

    Innalillah w inna ilaihi raajioon. .
    May the Almighty bless him with the best in return. . Ameen

  10. ujeni says:

    ESCOM power cuts to blame. ESCOM is one parastatal(parasite) that is sucking Malawi to death slowly slowly with no cure in sight.

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