The fire that gutted Kalikuti Hotel in Lilongwe last Friday may have been caused by faulty electric wires which sparked to start the fire, hotel manager has said.
Misuchi Msumba, the hotel manager, said the fire had then gotten to all the furniture from the collision of Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) wires.
He said when it was noticed all workers tried to put it out until when they sought the services Lilongwe City Fire Fighters.
“The fire emanated from wire which collided and sparked all through to the other areas,” said Msumba.
The fire started at around 11pm on Friday , October 31 and by midnight, everything on the hotel’s northern wing, which comprise the reception, conference halls, restaurant, bar and other facilities had been destroyed.
More than two-dozen residents escaped with their lives — but none of their possessions — after the hotel was destroyed by fire.
Guests had to scramble from their beds and leave the smoke-filled hotel . The building was safely evacuated
ESCOM is yet comment on the incident.
Goods worth millions of Kwachas were destroyed but the hotel is yet to assess the damage.