A warehouse belonging to Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) in Zomba has been gutted down by fire.
The fire, which started at around 1pm on Thursday has destroyed answer sheets for 2014 Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) and the Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) examinations.
Fire fighters from the Zomba City Council (ZCC) took about an hour to extinguish the fire and had reinforcement of a fire engine from the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Zomba Airwing.
However, MANEB spokesperson Simeon Maganga told Nyasa Times that the yet-to-be-released Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examination papers are safe as they are kept differently from the razed down building.
“And all MANEB operations are going on,” said Maganga.
He could not ascertain the cause of the fire as investigations are underway and also to establish the extent of the damage.
“The cost of the damage is not known as that will be established only after a thorough stock-taking on what exact items were stored in this warehouse at the time of this incident,” he explained.
Nonetheless, a source at the scene said the fire started due to an electric fault.
The incident comes barely 24 hour after the national examinations body had released results of JCE and PSLCE.