The National Registration Card Office annex in Ndola has been burnt to ashes.
Both Copperbelt Province Permanent Secretary, Elias Kamamga and Police Commissioner Charity Katanga confirmed the burning down of the office annex this afternoon.
Mr. Kamanga said almost all the documents that were kept in the annex have been burnt.
The PS said he was informed that the fire could have started in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Mr. Kamanga said that the incident is regrettable because the premise is manned by security officers who could have alerted the fire brigade on time.
He hoped there was no foul play involved and wondered why it took hours for the security guards to notice the fire.
And Mrs Katanga said Police has not yet established the extent of the damage but that investigations have been instituted.
She said the fire was put under control by the fire brigade by 15:30hrs yesterday.