Fire has swept through Siyale village in Senanga district in Western Province destroying about 20 grass thatched houses.
ZANIS Reports that nine families have been left homeless after their houses were burnt to ashes around 11:30 hours on September 21, 2018, by fire which started from one grass thatched house and later spread to other houses.
It is believed that a nine year old girl was left at the house of one of the victims, Muyoyo Silumesi, to prepare food and while she went to fetch water a whirlwind started, igniting the fire in the grass thatched kitchen and setting the entire village ablaze.
Mr Silumesi narrated that at the time the incident occurred, the elderly members of the community were away in their respective farming fields, adding that no life was lost in the inferno.
The nine families that have been affected include twelve guardians and 35 children and are since sleeping in temporal grass structures.
The District Disaster Management and Mitigation Team (DMMU) visited the affected village and found all the houses burnt to ashes and no property was retrieved from the fire.