Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Fire has gutted furniture shops in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, destroying goods worth millions of kwacha.
Eyewitnesses said the fire started around midnight Saturday from one of the shops and quickly spread to other shops, adding that an electrical fault was suspected.
Millions worth of furniture, tools and money went up in flames during the three hours the inferno raged. The shops are popular for making coffins and furniture.
No one was, however, injured during the fire, according to police.
"I have been set back many years," said a shop owner who identified himself and Manyeka. "All my tools and finished work are gone."
Fire fighters arrived at the scene after an hour but could not contain the fire.
Ngwire Mkandawire, area manager for the Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi (ESCOM), said the commission would investigate if the fire was caused by an electrical fault.
"We have asked each one of the shop owners to write us a report," he said.
-0- PANA RT/SEG 30Sept2012