Breaking News

Man burns beyond recognition at small house's lodgings

by Staff Reporter
17 February 2013 | 5565 Views
A 35-year-old man from Masvingo's Rujeko suburb was burnt beyond recognition at his small house's lodgings when he allegedly left a candle lit near a bed.

The incident that was confirmed by Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Peter Zhanero happened yesterday morning when the deceased had just come from a beer drink, a stone's throw from the house.

"Yes, I can confirm that we received information to the effect that a man was burnt to death at a house in Rujeko C today, early in the morning. However, I do not have full details of what exactly transpired," said Insp Zhanero.

The deceased, who was identified, as Langton Mangena, of 20607 Nzungu Street in Rujeko C, is said to have been dead drunk.

Speaking to Chronicle, residents said Mangena, whose alleged girlfriend was away came home in the early hours and was dead drunk.

"Mangena was last seen at Rujeko Council bar at around 2am drinking beer with his friends. He left the bar at around 3am and the incident happened at about 4am. The deceased was dead drunk after he,             together with his friends had won a darts tournament in Zvishavane on Saturday," said Mr William Chikwanha.

He said the deceased forgot to put out the candle before sleeping as he was drunk, adding that there is no electricity at the rented house.

"It is largely believed that Mangena, who was drunk, could have forgotten to put out the candle before sleeping. The lit candle could have burnt the bed first before extending to the other property in the house,"    he said.

Another resident, who was visibly shaken by the incident, Ms Hilda Phiri, said the deceased had previously accompanied her to the hospital and was in a jovial mood.

"Mangena accompanied me to the hospital on Saturday morning as I was not feeling well. I was devastated when I learnt of his untimely death. He was in a jovial mood.

"He is known as the man who loves his brown bottle, and we highly suspect that he was drunk when the incident happened," she said.

A neighbour who witnessed the inferno, Ms Tendai Muguti, said they were awakened by a crackling sound, which was coming from the semi-finished house and they quickly made efforts to put out the fire before the arrival of fire brigade.

"I heard a crackling noise coming from this house and I woke my husband so that we could investigate what was happening. We then saw thick smoke coming from the house and rushed to fetch water to put out the fire.

"We were pouring water into the room through the windows that had already been broken by the heat," said Ms Muguti.

She said they only discovered that there was someone in the room when the fire brigade crew arrived at the scene.




"We only discovered that there was someone in the house who unfortunately had been burnt beyond recognition when fire brigade personnel came. Everything in the room was destroyed and the man, whose body was badly burnt, was found at the corner of the room," she said.

When a Chronicle crew visited the scene, the  police had collected the deceased's remains and           only the charred remains of the burnt property were left.

lodgings death

Source: TC

Should Zimbabweans be deported from the UK?

Yes
25.77%
No
71.78%
Not sure
2.45%
163

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Zimta Bereavement fund, mourners left stranded

by Concerned Citizen | 17 April 2014 | 1506 Views

Mugabe and wife host kids party

by Staff Reporter | 17 April 2014 | 1752 Views

Car overturns twice - WhatsApp update

by Accident victim | 17 April 2014 | 3099 Views

New minimum age for public transport drivers - The government is cons...

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 3741 Views

Mugabe's cabinet reshuffle won't get Zim out of the woods

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 3070 Views

Queen Elizabeth II congratulates Zimbabwe on turning 34

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 2188 Views

Veteran journalist survives carjacking - Zimbabwe Independent news edi...

by Staff Reporter | 17 April 2014 | 2264 Views

Road accident, driver dies on the spot - WhatsAp update

by Concerned Citizen | 17 April 2014 | 3073 Views

MDC-T officials willing participants in Zanu-PF factional fights - The...

by Thabani V Mpofu 4 Justice | 17 April 2014 | 1355 Views

Independence, Zimbabwe's own Passover and Easter - The Independence Da...

by Tafara Shumba | 17 April 2014 | 693 Views

ZITF 2014, 'New ideas to New Heights' - This year's 55th edition of t...

by Peacemaker Zano | 17 April 2014 | 482 Views

Appealing for university funding - How are you everybody, I am writing...

by Josiah Zhou | 17 April 2014 | 1213 Views

Obama's Zimbabwe Independence Day message

by Staff Reporter | 17 April 2014 | 6909 Views

Zanu-PF's 34th independence message

by Zanu-PF | 17 April 2014 | 1093 Views

Tsvangirai's Easter and Independence Day message to the people of Zimbabwe

by Morgan Tsvangirai | 17 April 2014 | 2021 Views

Extra lessons pay dividends

by Tafara Shumba | 17 April 2014 | 1655 Views

Mugabe adds another twist to Zanu-PF succession debate

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 5435 Views

'Fear rife in Tsvangirai's MDC-T,' says Matinenga

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 1951 Views

Police warn of Easter road blitz

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 961 Views

Disabled man divorced over sex - A physically-challenged man yesterday...

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 3603 Views

Prophet Angel's football prophecy lawsuit challenged

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 2931 Views

'Govt needs to review drivers' licensing law,' says Obert Mpofu - Gove...

by Richard Chidza | 17 April 2014 | 2737 Views

A Level whizzkid heads to Harvard - A Zimbabwean student who scored ...

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 3872 Views

Axed Zupco employees besiege offices - More than 30 former southern r...

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 1524 Views

Tsvangirai snubbed - The local leadership of the Movement for Democra...

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 2831 Views

'We can't single-handedly topple Mugabe,' says MDC-T - MDC-T national...

by Bridgette Bugalo | 17 April 2014 | 1797 Views

Mugabe to wield axe - PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe is mulling a roots and ...

by Staff reporter | 17 April 2014 | 3279 Views

Entertainment

Tuku Greatest Hits Concert postponed - Oliver Mtukudzi's Greatest Hits...

by Staff reporter | 16 April 2014 | 1120 Views

'Corruption is betrayal of the values of the liberation struggle' says...

by Jonathan Mbiriyamveka | 16 April 2014 | 1652 Views

Stand Up comedian to record one man show in Zimbabwe - Daliso Chaponda...

by Staff reporter | 16 April 2014 | 1029 Views

L'Vovo Derrango billed for Bulawayo show - THOSE attending the Zimbabw...

by Bongani Ndlovu | 16 April 2014 | 1078 Views

Artist Profile - Interview with D2X

by Staff Reporter | 14 April 2014 | 1448 Views

Generations actor's Bulawayo show flops

by Showbiz Reporter | 14 April 2014 | 5622 Views

Mukanya gets 'wild' applause - Self exiled legendary musician Dr Thoma...

by Staff reporter | 13 April 2014 | 5097 Views

Freshlyground to perform in Zim's HIFA after insulting Mugabe - South...

by Arts reporter | 13 April 2014 | 3479 Views

Generations' actress draws big crowd

by Staff Reporter | 13 April 2014 | 5281 Views

Generations actress in Zimbabwe - GENERATIONS, a South African soapie ...

by Bongani Ndlovu | 12 April 2014 | 2965 Views

Farai & The Forest Dawn to rock Zim Achievers Awards

by Arts Correspondent | 11 April 2014 | 1886 Views
iBlog

Yet Another Wave Of Digital Destruction Is Coming

Malware fever keeps on raging, taking sophisticated forms to wreak havoc around the worldwide web. even if your system is guarded thoroughly, you are still skating on thin ice, so you should better keep your eyes open and think twice before you make ... Read More
SecNews 02 March 2014 ago

The Final Round By Raja Zeeshan

... Read More
RajaZeeshan 11 January 2014 ago