Fire has swept through Makono royal village in chief Imbwae’s chiefdom in Kalabo district, reducing five houses to ashes.
Makono village headman Imebo Lubasi has confirmed the fire incident in an interview with ZANIS saying the inferno occurred this afternoon.
Headman Imebo said 21 people have been left homeless, eight of whom are male while 13 are female.
The traditional leader further disclosed that the victims comprise of a four-year old girl, 12 children aged between 7-14 years, 7 adults aged between 16-35 years and an 81-year-old woman.
He said four of the gutted houses were female headed.
He further disclosed that a grocery shop, which serviced residents of Makono royal village, has also been burnt to ashes.
Headman Imebo has since called on government through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) to quickly assess the situation and attend to the plight of the affected families in view of the rain season.
He said the fire victims were in urgent need of food, shelter and clothing.
Meanwhile, an eye witness Silukena Mikanga said the fire is suspected to have started from a named household whose owner had left her siblings to look after something which was being cooked on a fire as she went to fetch water from the Zambezi river.
By press time, well-wishers were still extinguishing fire from the debris.