An sad incident occurred last week at Rangemore squatter camp in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where a man named Solomon Moyo died when the makeshift shelter he was sleeping in caught fire. His remains were only retrieved from the shack on Wednesday.
Thembani Ndlovu, a resident living near the Rangemore squatter camp, reported seeing the fire around midnight on May 31. After informing the proper owner, a Mr. Mlotshwa, they did not take it seriously as the deceased would sometimes leave his shack for weeks.
Bulawayo’s acting chief fire officer, Linos Phiri, confirmed the incident and stated that the victim was burnt beyond recognition. The fire was concentrated on the corner of the shack, while the outer side had a fire point that the victim used as a fireplace. However, the actual cause of the fire has not been established.
This year, there has been a significant increase in the number of homes burning down in Bulawayo, including a recent fire incident at Sotshangane flats. The cause of these fires remains unknown, and authorities have not yet released any statement regarding the matter.