12 March 2018

Tanzania: Blaze Kills Four in Chalinze

Pwani — A midnight house fire at Chalinze, Coastal Region has left four people dead and two wounded. The house caught fire at midnight when family members were asleep, but authorities have yet to determine why the fire broke out.

"I don't really know what happened, but we were asleep and all of a sudden there were plumes of smoke, which made it impossible for us to escape," said Ms Melania Mkunda, one of the survivors. According to her, all properties were razed. "I manage to rescue some of my children using a plastic can that were use to store water and throw them outside.

They are injured but at least they are safe," she narrated. A neighbour, who was identified by his single name, Mr William, said he was forced to wake up in the middle of the night after hearing people screaming. "We don't know what caused the fire. We tried to put the fire out, but all our efforts were in vain," he said. The Regional Police Commander of Coast Region Jonathan Shana said there were 12 people in the house when the fire broke out.

He disclosed that Arafat Simba (12) and Mwanahawa Ibrahim, pupils of Chalinze Primary School were found dead. A Pera Secondary School student, Festus Melko and a farmer, Makulata Petro also died.


Homegrown Approaches to Achieving Quality Education for Girls

Education is so much more than an opportunity to go to school; it is an opportunity to determine one’s future, to… Read more »

Copyright © 2018 The Citizen. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.