An accountant with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in Chipinge lost all his household property after his four-roomed cottage was razed by fire on Wednesday morning.
Maxwell Dumba of Kelvin suburb told The Manica Post that the fire started after he had left for work. He said:
I left my home early in the morning to go to work as usual at Chipinge Government Complex. There was no electricity as a result of the ongoing power cuts. My wife was also not around.
While at work at around 8:30 AM, I received a call from my builders working on the main house, telling me that there was smoke coming from my cottage. Power had been restored.
I called the fire brigade which reacted swiftly, but they had a torrid time reaching my house as the shorter route is not accessible due to the poor road network.
They failed to cross a makeshift bridge on that road and had to use a longer route; otherwise, we could have managed to salvage something from the house.
He said he was only left with the clothes he was wearing.
Dumba is now appealing for assistance from well-wishers. Those willing to assist can contact him on 0773221186.