Shack fire leaves families homeless

17 June 2019 | Local News

Several families were left homeless when a fire at Mondesa Single Quarters in Swakopmund destroyed nine shacks on Friday afternoon.

According the Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Gurirab the fire allegedly started in one of the shacks near Moshitila Apartments between 12:00 and 13:00, and spread to the other eight shacks in the yard.

“It razed all nine shacks to the ground. The incident was attended by members of the Namibian Police Force and Swakopmund Fire Brigade, and they extinguished the fire.

“No loss of life or serious injuries due to the fire were reported, only the shacks and the property inside were destroyed,” he said.

Gurirab added that the cause of the fire is still unknown.

“It is suspected that the owner of one of the shack where the fire started forgot to switch off the stove when the whole Swakopmund experienced a power outage early in the morning, and this might be the cause of the fire,” he said.

Gurirab urged willing members of the public to make donations of any kind to the shack fire victims.

“I believe the owners of these shacks will greatly appreciate it if someone helps them with anything, which can assist them to rebuild their lives,” Gurirab added.

Adolf Kaure