One person has died in Luwingu District in Northern Province while another is struggling for his life at Luwingu District hospital after the houses they were sleeping in caught fire in separate incidences in Chief Chabula and Chief Chipalo’s areas.
Both Northern Province Police Commissioner Mary Chikwanda and Luwingu District Police Station Officer in Charge Mwelwa Sampa, has confirmed the development today.
Ms. Chikwanda says Central Muma 34 of Nsombo village died yesterday of second degree burns after his house set ablaze by unknown people.
The incident happened on 29th August and the deceased was rushed to the district hospital on 30th August where he died yesterday.
She says Muma also lost property valued at over K8 million in the inferno.
Meanwhile, a relative of the deceased says a neighbor who tried to help to put out the fire had his hair cut shot by a mysterious bird which flew and landed on his heard.
Mr. Muma’s wife and his two children managed to escape from the inferno but the deceased who is reported to have being drunk at the time failed to do so and was removed from the inferno with serious burns.
And another man of Saili village about 7km west of the district administration in chief Chipalo’s area is nursing serious wounds after his grass thatched house caught fire.
Ms. Chikwanda says Joseph Mulenga 24 got burnt as he tried to light matches when checking fuel in his generator and the fuel (petrol) in the generator exploded into an inferno burning the entire grass thatched house.
The police commissioner says Mulenga was currently admitted Luwingu District Hospital.
Three children aged between two and fives where burnt into ashes three weeks ago after the grass thatched house they were sleeping in caught fire.
Ms Chikwanda says the three children aged two, three and five died in an inferno after a car battery exploded causing a huge fire which also damaged property worth millions of kwacha.
And Luwingu district police station officer in charge assistant superintendent Mwelwa Sampa has appealed to the village headmen to sensitize their subjects over the use of candles especially at night.
He says the police where getting concerned with the increasing number of arson cases being recorded in the area