Gift Chitowe, Salima police spokesperson confirmed the development.
He said the fire started today morning and that the cause is not known yet.
“We just received reports that fire has gutted down Mapeto Cotton Ginnery and the fire is still on up to now” said Chitowe.
He further said as workers were reporting for duties at the company they found it already razed down.
The police spokes person added that they have informed colleagues from parachute Battalion to help put out the fire.
The Ginnery contained cotton bails which were supposed to be digested, he added.
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