Breaking News

Man burns beyond recognition at small house's lodgings

by Staff Reporter
17 February 2013 | 5785 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 airtime and street vendors pay the $1 a day State levy?

Yes
10.96%
No
83.06%
Desperation
5.98%
803

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Uprising continues in Zimbabwe - photos

by Polite Musarurwa MDC-T International Spokisiwumani Mdc-T Online Spokes | 27 August 2014 | 361 Views

Police violently crush MDC-T demo, 18 people injured - Police in Hara...

by Staff Reporter | 27 August 2014 | 1830 Views

'Stop abusing Grace Mugabe'

by Staff Reporter | 27 August 2014 | 2172 Views

Ebola task force 'essential' - There is need for different ministries ...

by Staff Reporter | 27 August 2014 | 571 Views

Shoot Malema, chant ANC supporters - Cape Town - About 200 ANC members...

by Caiphus Kgosana, City Press | 27 August 2014 | 1933 Views

Khupe driver robbery case still on - The case of Witness Dube, the dri...

by Staff reporter | 27 August 2014 | 699 Views

Ebola scare at the United Bulawayo Hospitals - A TRUCK driver admitted...

by Lulu Brenda Harris | 27 August 2014 | 2191 Views

Mat'land South leaders appeal for registry office

by Lulu Brenda Harris | 27 August 2014 | 1044 Views

Let's create our own jobs - WhatsApp update

by Concerned Resident | 27 August 2014 | 812 Views

Giant leap for Grace Mugabe - First Lady Grace Mugabe on Tuesday took ...

by Staff reporter | 27 August 2014 | 2047 Views

Moses Chunga takes over at Buffaloes - Premiership side Buffaloes have...

by Staff reporter | 27 August 2014 | 797 Views

Dembare in stadium u-turn - Harare giants Dynamos have decided to play...

by Staff reporter | 27 August 2014 | 1361 Views

Arnold Payne a national hero.

by Somhambi Zilangwe | 27 August 2014 | 2102 Views

Breathing new life into psychiatric education in Zimbabwe - A programm...

by medicalxpress | 27 August 2014 | 889 Views

Arnold Payne deserves recognition - One of Gwanda's prominent children...

by Bekezela Maduma Fuzwayo | 27 August 2014 | 1015 Views

British tour company re-launching Zimbabwe holidays - Gane and Marsha...

by Staff reporter | 27 August 2014 | 1514 Views

Chikasha's ADP, Gukurahundi and Genuine Change needed in Zimbabwe - It...

by Ryton Dzimiri | 27 August 2014 | 1419 Views

RBZ rules out return of Zimdollar - Zimbabwe will continue using multi...

by Staff reporter | 27 August 2014 | 1637 Views

KFC to open more branches in Zimbabwe - International fast-food retail...

by Staff reporter | 27 August 2014 | 1597 Views

'Mugabe a true son of Africa,' says diplomats - African diplomats in C...

by Staff reporter | 27 August 2014 | 1265 Views

'SA must address 'skewed' ownership of resources,' says Mugabe - South...

by Staff reporter | 27 August 2014 | 2257 Views

Robert Mugabe may return to world stage as AU head - PRESIDENT Robert ...

by Nicholas Kotch | 27 August 2014 | 2460 Views

Wednesday chat with Auntie Noe - Coping with a breakup

by Staff Reporter | 27 August 2014 | 1203 Views

Al Jazeera investigates the battle for Africa

by Al Jazeera | 27 August 2014 | 1535 Views

'Mugabe must come clean on the Gukurahundi massacres' - PRESIDENT Robe...

by Staff Reporter | 27 August 2014 | 2145 Views

'Tsvangirai has lost focus' - MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has a lot...

by Staff reporter | 27 August 2014 | 1851 Views

Entertainment

Controversy over Bev's album - Newly-appointed Msasa Bricks Ambassador...

by Staff reporter | 27 August 2014 | 1071 Views

Viewers slam 'sub-standard' ZBCtv program - VARIOUS ZBCtv viewers have...

by Staff reporter | 27 August 2014 | 1218 Views

John Legend cancels Zimbabwe show

by Showbiz Reporter | 27 August 2014 | 3425 Views

Macheso's yet to be released album sold on Harare streets - Pirates ha...

by Staff reporter | 26 August 2014 | 2231 Views

Tuku to be honoured in London tribute dinner

by Staff Reporter | 25 August 2014 | 1631 Views

Nicki Minaj has near wardrobe malfunction? - Video

by Staff reporter | 25 August 2014 | 2393 Views

Siyaya Arts releases fourth album - AWARD-WINNING traditional dance gr...

by Pabalelo Tlou | 24 August 2014 | 1091 Views

Bev eyes Zima Award - Beverly "Bev" Sibanda, the newly-appointed Msasa...

by Staff reporter | 23 August 2014 | 1393 Views