Three home­steads gut­ted down by fire at Mam­bane

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Won­der­boy Dlamini

AMID the high tem­per­a­tures and strong winds in many parts of the coun­try, three home­steads at Mam­bane were on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon burnt down by rag­ing wild fires.

The re­gion has over the past few days been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing high tem­per­a­tures, a con­di­tion which al­lows wild fires to travel at high speed. This is said to have been the case when the home­steads which are, how­ever, sit­u­ated in dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties caught fire.

Mat­san­jeni North Con­stituency Head­man Boy Mat­sen­jwa said the fire left some houses at the said home­steads re­duced to ashes.

High­lighted

Mat­sen­jwa said how­ever, they were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dents to as­cer­tain what ac­tu­ally started the fire. He high­lighted that the home­steads were burnt al­most at the same time, adding that this was rais­ing eye­brows when con­sid­er­ing that they are not close to each other.

Mat­sen­jwa re­ported that one of the af­fected fam­i­lies had food kept in one of the houses also re­duced to ashes.

It is said res­i­dents made at­tempts to save the home­steads, but were over­pow­ered by the fire. Mat­sen­jwa ap­pealed to or­gan­i­sa­tions and mem­bers of the pub­lic to as­sist the af­fected fam­i­lies with food and cloth­ing. Mean­while, it is re­ported that in­ci­dents of wild fires have been on rise over the past few weeks in dif­fer­ent ar­eas.

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