Fire de­stroys shops

Lesotho Times - - News - Pas­cali­nah Kabi

FIRE razed three shops to the ground at the Bus Stop area in Maseru on Tues­day, leav­ing 10 peo­ple stranded and with­out a place of work.

The three shops traded in fur­ni­ture, cloth­ing and elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances.

An em­ployee at one of the af­fected shops said they sus­pected the fire could have started in one of the nearby shacks on Tues­day night.

“We were told that some of the shacks sell­ing tra­di­tional medicines caught fire at around 21:45 hours,” said the se­cu­rity guard who re­fused to be iden­ti­fied.

He added: “Within an hour the peo­ple who were drink­ing beer be­hind the shops alerted the se­cu­rity guards that an­other fire had bro­ken out and this time around it spread to the three shops.”

He said the se­cu­rity guards had to en­list the help of the Le­sotho Mounted Po­lice Ser­vice (LMPS) fire bri­gade af­ter fail­ing to put out the fire by them­selves.

Po­lice spokesper­son Su­per­in­ten­dent Clif­ford Molefe con­firmed the fire out­break and said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were un­der­way.

“At the mo­ment we are un­able to dis­close the dam­age in mone­tary terms or the cause of fire as in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing,” Su­per­in­ten­dent Molefe said.

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