VICE-PRESIDENT Joice Mujuru‘s grass-thatched farm house and an adjacent building at her Tarisa Farm in Damafalls, Ruwa, were yesterday razed down by a raging fire which destroyed property and other valuables worth thousands of dollars.
No one was injured, but only few pieces of home furniture were salvaged in the inferno which started when one of Mujuru’s relatives allegedly tried to burn a snake.
The fire incident comes just three years after Mujuru’s husband, Retired General Solomon Mujuru, was burnt to ashes in a mysterious fire at his Beatrice farm house.
Chief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba last night confirmed the fire incident adding that there was no foul play suspected.
“Circumstances are that a relative to the Vice-President saw a snake close to the main house at the farm. In a bid to kill the snake, he lit some fire which then got out of control and spread to the kitchen,” she said.
“The fire subsequently spread to the main house which has nine rooms.”
Charamba said workers managed to save some property, but the fire brigade got to the scene after the whole house had already been razed down.
“Workers at the farm managed to remove property from the house, but could not extinguish the raging fire that destroyed the main house,” she said.
“Fire fighters arrived at the scene when the whole house had beenrazed down. The value of the property damaged has not yet been ascertained. No foul play is being suspected.”
Witnesses confirmed to our sister paper NewsDay that the fire started after someone tried to burn a snake.
Another witness who was at the scene, Emillia Kanda, said she did not know how the fire started, but she helped to rescue some property.
“The fire was too strong and it was burning fast, all we could do was to help in taking out the property,” Kanda said.