An inferno that gutted the compound of a businessman Adamson Mubanji who sells fuel in Malawi’s border district of Chitipa has killed five people and seriously injured one.
According to Chitipa Police, the incident happened when some drops of petrol splashed to a burning charcoal as Mubanji’s younger brother Frahah Mubanji was transferring petrol from ferry cans to bigger containers.
Chitipa Police Detective Andrew Kondowe said huge flames swiftly spread to all storerooms crammed with diesel and petrol drums.
“The bursting of full petrol drums forced the flames to further spread and blanket the residential house, catching house occupants absolutely unawares,” said Kondowe.
Kondowe further said that Frahal, Robert Chiona and wife to the businessman, Maria Mnkhodya, were burnt to ashes while Grace Mubanji and Nebert Panja were pronounced dead upon arrival at Mzuzu Central hospital.
Meanwhile, Chitipa Police Officer In charge Gray Chimphepi has warned that they will start confiscating all fuel sold illegally and drag owners to court.
All the deceased came from Mwanjalati Village, Tradition Authority (TA) Mwaulyambia in the district.