One of Mpilo Hospital Residence in Bulawayo was yesterday destroyed by fire which is suspected to have been caused by faults in the electrical distribution box.
Mpilo acting Chief Executive Officer, Professor Solwayo Ngwenya in a statement today said the fire destroyed the hospital residence worth $US 500 000 and affected 39 health workers and their families.
“We were very lucky that no one was seriously injured. One person suffered a broken ankle and another had smoke inhalation but is stable. Our thoughts are with the affected members and their families. The hospital is arranging alternative accommodation for them.” He said.
Prof Ngwenya said the fire brigade is however working on forensic investigations to see the exact cause of the fire.
“Some staff residence reported seeing sparks of fire from an electrical distribution box, and we suspect that this could be the cause of the fire. However the fire brigade is working on further forensic investigations to establish the exact cause of the fire.” He added.