Mys­te­ri­ous fire ter­rorises res­i­dents

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Starsky Mkhonta

RES­I­DENTS had a hard time try­ing to put out a mys­te­ri­ous fire which spread and cov­ered al­most all ar­eas around KoNt­shingila.

On Wed­nes­day, res­i­dents from some of th­ese ar­eas had put ev­ery­thing aside to at­tend to the fire as the rag­ing flames were a threat to some home­steads.

No one seemed to have a clue as to what caused the fire. Some of the af­fected ar­eas were Ebenezer and Jerusalem.

Res­i­dents said what was sur­pris­ing was that when they tried putting out flames from one area, an­other fire in­ci­dent would be re­ported else­where and they would be forced to rush there. But in no time, more in­ci­dents of fire were re­ported in other ar­eas. “As we speak, we are in the hills try­ing to put it out. Al­ready, de­struc­tion has been caused as wa­ter pipes have been burnt and right now home­steads have no wa­ter. Schools have also been af­fected as some of the wa­ter pipes which have been burnt were con­nected from the source of sup­ply to some of th­ese schools. It’s re­ally bad,” Sincedzile Sime­lane, an ac­tive com­mu­nity po­lice in the area, ex­plained.

Sime­lane said res­i­dents tried call­ing the fire depart­ment as the sit­u­a­tion was get­ting out of con­trol.

“Fire brigades ar­rived to as­sist but they can­not be ev­ery­where at the same time and now they are over­whelmed,” said Sime­lane. Sime­lane said also af­fected were farm­ers, es­pe­cially those with veg­etable gar­dens, as the pipes draw­ing wa­ter from the source were not spared by the flames. “In some of th­ese ar­eas, there are veg­etable gar­dens for as­so­ci­a­tions and the dam­age caused by the fire will be a set­back for them and re­plac­ing the pipes will not come cheap,” said an­other res­i­dent. “It’s al­ready in the evening but some of the res­i­dents are still bat­tling with the fire which started in the morn­ing at around 0800 hours,” said an­other res­i­dent.

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