A 23-year-old fuel vendor of Katandano area in Solwezi was on Sunday accidentally set ablaze by his friend after he lit a candle while he was decanting petrol in the shop. Hastings Kawanga is currently battling for his life in the Solwezi General Hospital after being burnt by a fire that engulfed the shop.
North Western Province Police Commissioner Elias Chushi has confirmed the incident in a telephone interview. Chushi said Jameson Chikati accidentally lit a candle in the shop where his friend was decanting petrol leading to a near explosion in the shop.
He has said that Chikati escaped unhurt while his friend Kawanga suffered multiple burns on his body. Chushi said police have since opened an inquiry.
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