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M20m lost in shop inferno

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Mamohlakola Letuka

SAVERITE Supermarket and Hurry Wholesalers in the central business district of Maseru recently lost M340 000 cash and approximately M20 Million worth of stock in a fire accident.

Clientcare Risk Consultant, Popi Kaiser, said although investigations were yet to be conducted to confirm the exact loss, “both shops were insured and the insurance could amount to M20 million”.

Meanwhile, Lesotho Mounted Police Services Public Relations Officer, Inspector Mpiti Mopeli told the Sunday Express that said there were no injuries reported from the fire incident and the buildings were reportedly empty at the time of the accident.

“There was no report of any injuries reported,” he said.

He said although fire fighters tried to stop the fire, it was not easy because the building did not have windows which could allow water pipes for use in fighting the inferno.

He said it was not easy to stop a fire once it had progressed beyond three minutes.

“Most buildings have built-in fire alarms but this particular one did not, making it very difficult to fight flames after three minutes had passed,” he added.

Although the firefighting truck responded on time, they could not stop the fire because they could not gain entry into building as the entrance was already engulfed in flames.

An eye witness who was also a regular customer of Saverite also said the blaze could not be stopped because the shop did not have windows.

He said that the fire started at around 9pm and it was first spotted by the night guard who called for help.

He added that customers had suffered the biggest loss, especially as the shop was one of those few that were open after 8pm when they returned from work.

Hurry Wholesalers owner, Chen Xin, said it was too early to comment, adding that he would do so after the completion of investigations.



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