NINE people are lucky to be alive after a house in Nyamhunga, Kariba, they were sleeping in was extensively damaged in a suspected petrol bomb attack last week.
Mashonaland West police spokesperson Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara confirmed the incident yesterday, adding investigations were still in progress to find the culprits and establish the motive behind the attack.
“Indeed, house number 1034 Nyamhunga, Kariba, belonging to Simon Magombedze, aged 43, was gutted by fire last Thursday at around 9pm. Two families occupy the house and no one was injured. We suspect the blaze could have been as a result of a petrol bomb,” Mabgweazara said.
Police said on the fateful day, Magombedze, who was asleep in his bedroom, was awakened by neighbours who were shouting whilst putting out the inferno using tree branches and sand.
By the time Magombedze and other tenants at the residence woke up, parts of the property had been engulfed by the blaze which damaged household furniture. Firefighters from Kariba Municipality Fire Brigade only arrived after residents had extinguished the fire.
Police and fire authorities discovered two burnt plastic containers and traces of petrol on the roof, raising suspicion the house could have been petrol-bombed.