Another blast rocks Chitungwiza

HARARE - Panic gripped the bustling town of Chitungwiza after a series of explosions as a haulage truck caught fire, with the inferno spreading to other vehicles parked nearby.

Police confirmed the incident but could not give finer details. No one was killed in the fire.

Just after the blast, bleary eyed residents rushed to quench the fire and rescue cars parked nearby which risked catching fire.

Resident smashed windows and pushed the cars to safety.

When the Daily News crew arrived at the scene at 2.30am scores of people were watching helplessly as the haulage truck was reduced to ashes, while a sedan, which residents could not push from the raging flames, was also burnt to cinder. There was smoke billowing up into the skies.

There were frantic attempts to extinguish the fire with canisters and water buckets.

Chitungwiza, located 30km from Harare, is financially struggling and has no fire brigade of its own. The fire was only doused by firemen who travelled all the way from Harare.

Meanwhile, police had a torrid time trying to ward off awed residents who kept on edging close to the burnt wreckage.

Residents, young and old alike, male and female, came to witness the fire with a foreboding sense that the blast, that was so powerful to the extent of causing tremors, was a repeat of the Chitungwiza bomb blast which killed five people including an infant earlier this year.

Yesterday, people shaken by the blast came from far and wide on foot, as they trekked to the huge orange ball that illuminated an otherwise dark night.

For over an hour, streets were packed with a disbelieving crowd amid a buzz.

There was a sense of relief among the silhouetted and half  dressed beings, who had been jolted from slumber by the blast.

It was an unusual night for Chitungwiza residents in Unit M, Unit K, Unit C , Unit D, Unit J and Unit C who rushed to the blast scene that was littered with burnt papers.Fire fighters try to put out the fire in Chitungwiza

Comments (4)

As big as Chitungwiza there is no Fire brigade. Shocking news.

Boss - 20 August 2013

Is Chitungwiza a growth point?

Nosmas - 20 August 2013

Maybe the start of an 'African Spring' - ZPF deserve it!

Chivula Mapoti - 20 August 2013

Zvaputika ...spontaneous combustion. Spontaneous Bantu revolution ...kikiki not in a thousand years. Zimbos too docile, mbwende.

Hokoyo Nenhamo - 20 August 2013

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