Katima inferno forensic probe still unfinished
08 April 2021 | Disasters
A forensic investigation into what might have caused a fire that engulfed a multimillion-dollar shopping complex in Katima Mulilo has yet to be completed, the police say.
This was confirmed by Zambezi police deputy commissioner, Evans Simasiku, who yesterday told Namibian Sun that they are still waiting for the forensic investigation report on what caused the fire.
The fire started in the early hours of 25 February when the shopping complex went up in flames, burning a number of shops to the ground.
Outlets such as Pep, Shoprite and Hungry Lion burned to ashes.
At the time, it was reported that about 400 employees’ jobs were affected.
Apart from the damage to the building, the Katima Mulilo town council fire truck, which had come to the shopping mall’s rescue, caught fire in the process.
Meanwhile, at the time of the incident, Katima Mulilo was experiencing a water shortage, with those who managed to put out the fire having to rely on water from the river.