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Suspicion ringers over gutted Malawi’s historical Hotel Masongola

ZOMBA-(MaraviPost)-There are suspicions of foul play in the fire that gutted Hotel Masongola, one historical monument in Zomba city.

The fire consumed the entire hotel domes on Sunday.

Director of Museums and Monuments, Dr. Elizabeth Gomani Chindebvu, says her office is conducting an independent investigations into what caused the fire.

She says there are suspicions of ‘foul play’.

However, preliminary findings into what may have caused the fire point to ‘spontaneous combustion’ from flammable items that were, reportedly, piled in one of room.

Zomba city council acting principal fire officer Lodius Sendaluzi says it is the fire from that room that fast spread to other rooms damaging millions worth property.

 DAMAGED—Hotel Masongola building

On Sunday, fire raised down Hotel Masongola building in Zomba a second fire accident in the city in two months.

An eye witness, James Bakali, who was guarding the place, said the fire was first spotted at around 1 o’clock in the afternoon.

Bakali said officials from Zomba City Fire Brigade arrived at the place an hour and 30 minutes later.

“I was trying to report to Zomba Fire Brigade but other well-wishers did so before me. The fire was strong and the larger part of the building has been burnt,” Bakali said.

He said attempts to put out the fire proved futile as the fire was very strong.

Bakali said there were no people inside the hotel which is currently not functioning.

Another eye witness, Doreen Phirikeya, said they spotted the fire when they were coming from church.

Zomba City Fire Brigade Principal Officer, Lodius Sendaluzi, said they faced challenges to put out the fire as it was strong.

Maravi Post Reporter
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  1. Your Title is incorrect MarviPost. Don’t you have any standards?
    Your article reads like so “suspicious ringers” is that English? Whoever was editing and writing this should be fired. The title is meant to clearly read “Suspicious Lingers” shame on you MarviPost

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