One male juvenile aged two years has been burnt to death while another one aged four years has sustained severe burns all over his body after the house they were sleeping in caught fire. The victims have been identified as Angel Phiri and Cleotus Matomola aged four years.
Zambian Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo, revealed that preliminary investigations indicate that the mother of the children Nelia Phiri together with other two women who she lives with identified as Violet Phiri, 20 and Monica Phiri aged 15, left the children sleeping alone in the house and went out clubbing leaving a candle on.
Katongo says the accident happened in the early hours of yesterday, 13th November, 2016 between 03:30 hours and 04:00 hours in Kabanana Compound.
“The house caught fire whilst the mother of the children was away,” Katongo says.
She says the fire was noticed by neighbours who were awakened by the sound of exploding asbestos.
“They managed to put out the fire but unfortunately found that one child was already burnt to death while the other had severe burns,” Katongo says.
“The mother Nelia Phiri aged 25, Violet Phiri aged 20, and Monica Phiri aged 15 years all of Lusaka’s Kabanana compound have been detained and are yet to be Charged.”
Meanwhile the body of the deceased juvenile has been deposited in the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) mortuary while the survivor is admitted in the same hospital.