SAD NEWS: 94-year-old Woman Dies In A House Fire

SAD NEWS: 94-year-old Woman Dies In A House Fire

Villagers of the Mtshazo area in Gwanda woke up to the shocking sight of a 94-year-old woman’s house on fire with her body burnt beyond recognition.

A loud bang from burning asbestos sheets and a cloud of smoke at Gogo Nanzeni Mlandu’s house in Mtshazo village drew the attention of women who were on their way to fetch water Sunday morning.

The women could however not save the 94-year-old granny as they arrived at her homestead after she had been burnt beyond recognition.

“It is so disheartening, she was living here all alone and she was old. We never expected something like this to happen to her. To die in this manner is sad. We don’t know what happened. I am a village health worker, I was the one who was coming to check on gogo now and then and to be called in to be told that she has been burnt beyond recognition is heart-rending,” said a local village worker.

“We don’t know what happened and we are still to come to terms with what happened. We wish we knew what happened. We are looking for answers.”

While the search for answers continues, villagers have been urged to take care of the elderly as the late Gogo Mlandu was staying alone.

“It is sad to lose someone this way and fail to get an answer. She was all alone. I was one of the first people to arrive and informed the police who then took the charred remains to the mortuary and we are waiting for them to tell us what they think happened. As a village we are heartbroken,” said Abedinico Nyoni, Mtshazo village head.

Matabeleland South Police Spokesperson, Inspector Loveness Mangena confirmed the tragic incident, saying investigations to establish the cause of the fire are still underway.


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