CPU as­sists fire haunted fam­ily

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­trick Chi­tumba

THE Civil Pro­tec­tion Unit (CPU) has de­cided to as­sist a fam­ily in Mkoba Vil­lage 13 in Gweru whose house was gut­ted by what it claimed was a mys­te­ri­ous fire last week, one of many al­leged sim­i­lar strange in­ci­dences at the house since 2013.

Mid­lands Provin­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tor, Mrs Ce­celia Chi­tiyo-Moyo, con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment yes­ter­day.

“We have CPU of­fi­cials who have gone to in­ves­ti­gate the cause of the fire and also to look at the needs of the fam­ily which we un­der­stand lost blan­kets, cloth­ing and food in the fire.

‘‘ The CPU is known for big na­tional dis­as­ters but we un­der­stand the plight of the fam­ily and the need to as­sist the af­fected,” said Mrs Chi­tiyo-Moyo.

“Any form of as­sis­tance will be given to the fam­ily.”

House num­ber 1225/2 Mkoba Vil­lage 13, a two-roomed house owned by Mr Philip Hla­bati, was gut­ted by a fire which he claims mys­te­ri­ously em­anated from an egg.

Mr Hla­bati said he was con­vinced that the egg that was un­der a bed was the source of the fire.

He said the mys­te­ri­ous fires have been tor­ment­ing his fam­ily since 2013.

Chief Fire Of­fi­cer for Gweru, Mr Em­manuel Musemwa last week said they were called to the house fol­low­ing the lat­est fire in­ci­dent, but the cause re­mains un­known.

“We tried link­ing the fire with elec­tric­ity or to some other neg­li­gence but it didn’t add up.

‘‘It’s not an elec­tri­cal fault. So the cause is un­known.

‘‘We hear strange things hap­pen at that house and fires mys­te­ri­ously start,” he said — @pchi­tumba1.

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