Mansa Shoprite has been gutted and the fire by midnight last night had not yet been put off and the damage of the merchandise going into the inferno will be assessed at the right time.
Luapula Province Deputy Permanent Secretary Joyce Nsamba confirmed the development as she was on the scene at press time.
Mansa District Commissioner Royd Chakaba also confirmed the development and pointed out that Luapula police commissioner and fire fighters were also on the scene but had a challenge of where to draw water from.
The challenge of water is a result of ZESCO load shedding in Mansa because Luapula Water and Sewerage Company new water equipment can only pump water with ZESCO power and there are no water reservoirs in Mansa.
This means that when ZESCO power is off, the equipment automatically switches off and no water goes into circulation.
The time the Shop went up in flames, ZESCO had load shedded most parts of Mansa which must have affected Shoprite area which resulted in the fire fighters failing to carryout out their mandate with success.
The cause of the fire is not yet known but the details will only be made clear later.