Fire has swept through a shop in Kasumbalesa in Chililabombwe district in the Copperbelt province, burning assorted goods to ashes.
The value of the goods and cause of the fire have not yet been ascertained.
Copperbelt Province Police Commanding Officer, Peacewell Mweemba, said one Medhanie Zerayi aged 36, a shop manager, reported that his store, Alem Investment in Kasumbalesa caught fire around 19:00 on February 14, 2023.
He said police and fire fighters rushed to the scene and managed to put out the fire.
“Brief facts are that the security guard who was on duty saw some smoke on the roof of the shop after electricity was restored at around 18:40 hours last night. The security guard immediately called his supervisor, who later informed the owner of the shop,” he said.
Mr Mweemba said an inquiry file has been opened and investigations in the matter have since been instituted.
Meanwhile, a 15-year-old girl, who is in grade six at Kambemba combined school in Kitwe, has allegedly been defiled and impregnated by her 19-year-old boyfriend.
The girl, who is currently six months pregnant, was defiled in September last year on unknown dates.
Mr Mweemba confirmed that a report was received from Hollen Nyimba aged 29 of Kitwe West that her young sister was allegedly defiled by her boyfriend.
Mr Mweemba said the victim was taken to Kitwe Teaching Hospital where it was confirmed that she was six months pregnant.
He said the boyfriend has since been arrested and