Up in smoke! Fire guts 151 bales of barley tobacco
The tobacco bales belonged to various farmers and were being delivered to Chinkhoma Auction Floors Kasungu for sales. The incident occurred on 18 August,2016 at the junction of Estate 81 along Lilongwe-Mzuzu road.
Facts are that, on the material day Mr Gabriel Mkwinda, 39 of Kanjuchi village, Traditional Authority Khosolo in Mzimba district was driving the vehicle in question from the direction of Mzuzu.
Upon reaching Estate 81turn off, the vehicle developed a binding fault that caused fire sparks.
The fire sparks after contacting with some bales of tobacco resulted into fire which gutted the whole bales of tobacco on board. Efforts to put off the fire were made but all in vain as all the bales of tobacco in question went out it flames.
However, the vehicle was not damaged completely by the fire as the flaming tobacco bales were thrown down from the vehicle before it had caught fire.
Value of the damaged tobacco is hot advised yet.
Kasungu Police spokesman Harry Namwaza said: “ We are yet to establish how many faremers are the victims but they were contracted to Limbe Leaf Tobacco Limited.”