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.


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