UPDATE : View 8 Complex Gutted By Fire AGAIN

About two thirds of the Glen View 8 Area Complex was gutted by fire again yesterday destroying property worth millions of dollars belonging to informal traders.

This is the third time the complex has been gutted by fire this year. The fire reportedly started at around 2pm and traders battled to put it out and salvage some of their wares.

The Harare Fire Brigade arrived within 15 minutes of the fire breaking out with two fire tenders.

However, they quickly ran out of water while their usual source, the nearby stream, was contaminated with oil, while the whole of Glen View was dry.

Harare Fire Brigade divisional officer Mr Clever Mafoti said they contained the fire from reaching the nearby Engen Service Station and save the remaining part of the complex.

“We had the fire and prevented it from reaching the service station knowing that there are highly inflammable fuels and that people’s lives would have been endangered if it had reached the service station,” he said.

The fire has razed about two thirds of the complex. We also prevented the fire from reaching other parts of the complex which were not affected. It was a recommendation that in the complex there be fire points and fire extinguishers, but they are yet to put some,” said Mr Mafoti.

Meanwhile City of Harare spokesperson Mr Michael Chideme blamed what he called “space barons” operating at the complex for denying council access to fix amenities like roads and inspect and install fire hydrants.

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