THE Mazabuka district agricultural office has burnt to ashes, leaving property worth millions of kwacha destroyed.
Southern Province police commissioner Godwin Phiri confirmed the incident in a statement yesterday.
A check by ZANIS around 03: 00 hours this morning found the building which houses thirteen different staff offices completely gutted.
Oscar Sitali, a watchman at the premises said he did not know where the fire came from.
Mr. Sitali said he only saw smoke coming from the District Agricultural Coordinator’s (DACO) office around 02:30 hours and that his efforts to put off the inferno using water from the tap proved futile.
He complained that no fire tender came on sight despite reporting the fire to authorities on time a move that lead to the entire building and its property completely burning to ashes.
The visibly shaken watchman said it was possible that some people could have torched the unfenced building because of its isolated location.
And the District Agriculture Information Officer Chisombu Dyaunka who was found on the scene lamented that he had lost vital documents in the inferno.