One person has been injured in Dowa after his shop caught fire on Monday afternoon.
The victim has been identified as Isaac Tembo aged 53 from Muzu Village in the area of Traditional Authority Njewa in Lilongwe, a businessman at Dowa Boma Market.
The incident happened at Dowa Boma Market when Tembo had just arrived at his shop with over 200 litres of petrol.
It is reported that apart from operating a welding shop, the victim also sells petrol in small quantities and on this day he claimed to have bought 200 litres of petrol from Njewa Energerm Filling Station in Lilongwe.
Tembo alleged that as soon as he had just entered into the shop, the fire broke out forcing the shop to go into frames. Following the incident, Tembo sustained burns on both legs and was taken to Dowa District Hospital where he is still receiving treatment.
Investigations are underway to establish the extent of the damage caused.
Meanwhile, police in Dowa are advising the general public to refrain from keeping fuel and other inflammable substances in their shops and houses to avoid such incidents.
Sub Inspector Gladson M’bumpha,
Dowa Police Public Relations Officer (PRO)