Property worth thousands of dollars destroyed as Glen View home industry goes up in smoke again


Another part of the Glen View home industry caught fire yesterday destroying property worth thousands of dollars.

The cause of the fire was not known, but operators said they suspected an electrical fault.

When The Herald arrived at the scene, the operators were busy moving their goods outside the complex to safe places.

Fire fighters had successfully contained the fire while police were recording statements and residents watching the fire.

One of the local operators, Mrs Portia Manhango, who lives in the same neighourhood said she was shocked when she heard that the home industry was on fire.

“When I thought I was recovering from last year’s disaster when this home industry caught fire then another fire destroyed my business. I now do not know what to do because I have lost everything,” she said.

Mr Innocent Matambo pleaded with the Government to intervene and help them to get back to business.

“I have lost everything. This is the fourth time I have lost my stuff due to these fires. We are pleading with the Government to help us because this business is our source of income. Our family depends on this business for survival,” he said.

Another fire outbreak at the home industry recently gutted goods such as wardrobes, sofas and kitchen units made by entrepreneurs. Previously, operators said a fire would break out at least once per year at the home industry but this year has been different.

Some operators have implored the Government to construct a permanent structure to minimise fire incidents.

— Herald

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