Fire breaks out at Otjiwarongo mall

Several shops housed by the multimillion dollars' Otjiwarongo Town Square remained closed Thursday after one of the stores in the mall caught fire and smoke spread to other shops on Wednesday evening.

Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Maureen Mbeha on Thursday confirmed the fire break out at the Crazy Store, which sells toys at the mall.

Mbeha said the fire was reported to the Otjiwarongo Police Station emergency unit on Wednesday evening at approximately 18h00.

Preliminary police investigations indicate that the fire allegedly started in the storeroom of the Crazy Store and a huge dark cloud of smoke then enveloped other shops adjacent to it like the Mr Prize, Markham, Total Sport and Legit which are also operating in the same mall.

The real cause of fire is still unknown to us, as the Crazy Store at the time of incident was closed, she said.

Mbeha said a team of the firefighters from the Otjiwarongo Municipality broke open the door of the Crazy Store to put off the fire.

Mbeha furthermore said by Thursday morning the exact loss suffered by the different shops as a result of the fire as well as on the repairs to be made to the shopping mall's ceilings were all still undetermined.

The Otjiwarongo Town Square was constructed in 2012 at a cost over N.dollars 51 million by the Safland Property Group of companies.

Source: Namibia Press Agency