$3 000 worth of property lost in fire

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Flames from the Valley Fire cover a hillside along Highway 29 in Lower Lake, California September 13, 2015. The swiftly spreading wildfire destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands of residents to flee as it roared unchecked through the northern California village of Middletown and nearby communities, fire officials said on Sunday. REUTERS/Noah Berger TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSYTT

PROPERTY worth about $3 000 was destroyed when a fire broke out at a house in Nketa 9 suburb on Monday evening. No-one was injured in the inferno.

BY TALENT GUMPO

Bulawayo chief fire officer, Richard Peterson confirmed the incident saying when they arrived at the scene, the fire had already been doused by members of the community.

“I can confirm that at 5:15pm yesterday we received a call that there was a fire break out at a house in Nketa 9. Upon arrival at the scene, the fire had been extinguished by neighbours,” he said.

“The fire affected one spare bedroom where property including a bed, wardrobe, sofas, and television and kitchen utensils were burnt.”

Peterson said although the fire department is yet to ascertain the cause of the fire, the property owners said the fire was started by their child who was playing with matches.

“We were told that a child was playing with match sticks when the fire suddenly broke out,” he said.