MERCHANDISE worth thousands of Kwacha has been destroyed in a fire that gutted some shops at Nakambala market in Mazabuka District yesterday.
Some scores of residents and some shop owners watched helplessly as their mechanize was being destroyed in a fire in the early hours of yesterday.
Among some of the merchandise that got destroyed in the inferno were fertilizers, timber, assorted drinks and carpentry products.
Southern province police commissioner Godwin Phiri who confirmed about the fire incident said police rushed to the scene and found members of the public watching helplessly while Zesco personnel who were also present secured the power line.
Mr Phiri said there were no fatalities but some few goods from one of the shops were salvaged.
He said the fire was noticed by one of the security officers guarding the premises who later alerted the police.
“The fire was first discovered by night watch men who were guarding the poultry section namely Stallon Shumba and Clifford Chiwende, The extent of damage caused by the fire is not yet estimated as a hand full of goods were salvaged from one of the shops.
This occurred between 0200hrs and 0300hours. No fatalities or injuries recorded,” he said.