By Confidente Reporter
THE Erongo police suspect that Tuesday’s fire, which ravaged a doctor’s practice and a pharmacy in Swakopmund, may have been caused by an electrical fault.
Erongo police deputy commissioner, Erastus Ikuyu, said on Wednesday that the fire was one of the biggest that had been recorded in the coastal town.
He indicated that police investigations are still ongoing, and that that the cause of the fire had not yet been conclusively proven.
“We suspect electrical failure, but it’s only a suspicion,” Ikuyu said.
He added that once experts pronounce themselves on the cause of the fire, the police can then advise residents on how to avoid future incidents of this nature.
Ikuyu added that a similar fire had occurred in Walvis Bay during last year.
The Walvis Bay fire occurred in March 2016, and gutted an OK Furniture store in the Metlife Plaza, destroying merchandise worth millions of dollars. No one was injured, and the fire did not spread to the rest of the shops in the plaza.
On Tuesday, Swakopmund came to a standstill, as massive flames engulfed the doctor’s practice and Dolphin Pharmacy, which was reportedly in the process of being renovated.
The fire threatened to spread to nearby shops, including a furniture store, art gallery, optometrist’s office and music shop, before firefighters managed to bring it under control.
No one was injured in the blaze.
Onlookers began removing items from the nearby shops, amid fears that the fire would spread, but the firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze.
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