Nine get burnt in Chongwe after a transformer burst in flames, police say

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NINE people have been burnt in Chongwe when a ZESCO transformer burst into flames.

The nine were in the house watching television when the Transformer which is situated a few meters from their house developed a fault and affected the electrical system in house.

The nine who are four juveniles and five adults comprising of five males and four females sustained leg burns while one of them sustained severe head burns.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident happened yesterday around 12:00 hours in Koto village.

“Brief facts of the matter are that the victims namely Moses Banda aged 61, Layana Shakufwaya aged 38, Clever Chiyesa aged 30, Bright Mudenda aged 24, Modest ER Kankwala aged 22, and four female Juveniles two aged five, six and seven were watching television, then suddenly they heard a loud bang coming from a ZESCO transformer and the house in which the victims were ,caught fire through the sockets and sparks which burnt the victims,” he said.

He said police were informed , ZESCO in Chongwe and fire brigade who together rushed to the scene.

“The scene was visited and all the victims sustained mild leg burns except a female Juvenile aged five who sustained severe head burns and was referred to Levy Mwanawasa Teaching hospital while the rest are admitted in Chongwe District hospital and their condition was said to be stable,” he said.


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