ESCOM woes : Candle sets on fire a house in Lilongwe

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As power shortages continue to get worse with every passing day and ESCOM seeming clueless in how to tackle them, a house has become ashes after it caught fire from a candle that was used to light it. This happened in Lilongwe, Area 15.

According to reports, the house caught fire from a candle that was being used to light the house.

“The mother of the house had gone to the neighbour’s house to visit a patient there, behind her she left a candle and children,” Malawi24 was told by a source.

It is said that the children wight have been playing with the candle or they forgot it such that it ended up catching on some of the house properties before ending into an uncontrollable inferno.

Meanwhile the cost of the damages is not yet known but everything has been lost in the fire.

Malawians have opted to use other sources energy in everyday use as the country is under a heavy electricity crisis.

Some sources are now deemed to have negative impact on people as well as the environment as people are cutting trees for charcoal to meet the demand on the market.

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  1. I am extremely sorry for the loss of property and inconvenience suffered by this family. To avoid such accidents, please let us use battery powered lamps or lamps with re-chargable batteries which are being sold in town and are very safe to use. The lamps with re-chargable batteries range in price depending how long the power lasts and are recharged from mains. It would be better to light the house using these lamps instead of risking losing property worth hundred of thousands or millions. Candles are only safe to use when people are around to monitor and if a candle is approaching its end, it should be put of.

  2. Zuto Si Escom Si Bomaso Zuto Ndamene Anasiya Candle Ikuyaka Kaya Amagona Kayanachokapo Iyeyo Ndi Makola Akale Anafaja Ndiena Adakalipowa Sankaganiza Zakusogolo

  3. It ws so painffull seing my naibor’s house burn to ashes n th painfull part th fire fighters ran out of water in d process thy evn drove far n took longer to refill n insted to fill nearby thy went far whyl ther ws an emergency tape few metres from th burning house, th driver olso missd d road took th rong turn wen going fo riffil , I really wonder if thz pipo hv mapes or know at list wer thy can get a refffil in any particular area!!!!??? Though thy at list tried to com a bit ealier than usually apeza titachotsa magalimoto outsyd d yard wich ws evn more defficult to move th 2 cars without th keys with borth steering weel locked koz borth keys were in d house,

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    • Kkkiest…
      Actually, Malawians are paying for the irresponsible behaviour they have been doing since 1994. People thought that they could do whatever they wanted. Hence, our environment was a victim of such bad behaviour.
      Then today as a nation instead of reflecting on such things, we are busy mocking ourselves. For me the other problems we have comes second. The issue of our environment is basic in this whole problem. Once we address it, we can be dealing with the others comfortably (it is long term though). But our big problem is that we are an impatient nation. We don’t want to plan for the future (we are selfish). All these countries which are doing great today started these things way back in the years. Their parents sacrificed.
      Let’s understand this as an environmental issue. It’s not ESCOM issue, it’s a national issue.

    • Kkkiest…
      Actually, Malawians are paying for the irresponsible behaviour they have been doing since 1994. People thought that they could do whatever they wanted. Hence, our environment was a victim of such bad behaviour.
      Then today as a nation instead of reflecting on such things, we are busy mocking ourselves. For me the other problems we have comes second. The issue of our environment is basic in this whole problem. Once we address it, we can be dealing with the others comfortably (it is long term though). But our big problem is that we are an impatient nation. We don’t want to plan for the future (we are selfish). All these countries which are doing great today started these things way back in the years. Their parents sacrificed.
      Let’s understand this as an environmental issue. It’s not ESCOM issue, it’s a national issue.

    • I am agree with you But where is money going when Escom make their profit all these years cannot their able to maintain or buy new machine .something must be wrong or cashgate is taking place in Escom also .so their must be investigate and be arrested

    • An2 ena ndiopusa kwambiri , kumati escom ilibe vuto koma muli brain kapena mzimu? All these years magesi samavuta mpaka pamenepa bwa? madzi amakhala odzadza mu Shirley? kapena dzuwa silimakhalako?? lero akuti madzi atha kodi akayasa magesi usiku or nthawi yomwe magesi akumayasa madzi akumakhala abwelereko ku mkula fallzko? sunday magesi anayaka tsiku lonse kuno ku LL madzi anali atadzazamo mu shirreymo? I think some1 up there must be fired… Moyo pano unasintha za ma candlee siambiri omwe amagwisa ntchito n ambiri tinazolowerera nyumba kuyaka mpake..ESCOM z a contributing agent for that incident… kupusa kwa a Malawi mumalimbana ndi zin2 zopanda pake lyk kunyoza mtsogoleri wa dziko ngati amagwira ESCOM.,, kupanga ma demo zin2 za zii kusiya kupangira ma demo bungwe la Escom….Malawi sazamva

    • Ofunika ma demo anene komwe kwapita ndalama dza Escom,cash gate in Escom Anthu akumalipila ma bill so where is money going for maintaince equipment or to buy new one

    • No excuse when it cames to these problems their need to sort out others wise their should use coal system or nuclear system goverment can afford it