Mansa branch of Shoprite has been totally destroyed by fire yesterday, October 26th, 2016 as the entire building burnt to ashes due to the inability of the fire service persons to salvage the situation.
Though the cause of the fire outbreak has not been established, reports going round state that investigation is ongoing in order to ascertain the cause of the problem. Adding that not even an item was taken out of the billion dollars shopping complex.
The tragic event happened around midnight at Mansa Shoprite branch in Luapula Province of Zambia.
Lusaka Times reports that, “Luapula Province Deputy Permanent Secretary Joyce Nsamba confirmed the development as she was on the scene at press time.
Mansa District Commissioner Royd Chakaba also confirmed the development and pointed out that Luapula police commissioner and fire fighters were also on the scene but had a challenge of where to draw water from.
The challenge of water is a result of ZESCO load shedding in Mansa because Luapula Water and Sewerage Company new water equipment can only pump water with ZESCO power and there are no water reservoirs in Mansa.
This means that when ZESCO power is off, the equipment automatically switches off and no water goes into circulation.
The time the Shop went up in flames, ZESCO had load shedded most parts of Mansa which must have affected Shoprite area which resulted in the fire fighters failing to carryout out their mandate with success.”
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