Harare residents witnessed a dramatic scene Sunday evening as a large fire broke out at the corner of Speke Avenue and Julius Nyerere Way opposite Joina City. The flames sent thick plumes of smoke into the air.
Details remain scarce, but initial reports suggest the fire started early Sunday evening. There is no information injuries or casualties. Fortunately, the Harare Fire Brigade responded swiftly and managed to contain the blaze before it could spread further.
While the immediate danger has been averted, the damage caused by the fire appears significant.
Mayor Mafume reported that the fire had caused significant damage to equipment and furniture on two floors of the building before the Harare Fire Brigade managed to bring it under control after several hours of effort.
“Unfortunately equipment and furniture on two floors had burnt down. But they managed to contain the fire from spreading to other buildings,” Mayor Jacob Mafume explained in a video doing the rounds on X (formerly Twitter).
Additionally, he appealed to mobile service providers to establish a dedicated emergency line, as the existing numbers are excessively long and difficult for people to remember.
“We have always maintained that the networks need to give us a dedicated line for us to get calls quickly. The numbers are too long and people do not know them. There is need of a service line like 911,” he added.
Mayor Mafume expressed gratitude to the Harare Fire Brigade and citizens for their swift response and assistance in extinguishing the fire. He acknowledged the contribution of the Harare Emergency group, which provided 200,000 litres of water, in a post shared on X.