Power spike: meter blows up and sets house ablaze

2011-09-29 00:00

A FAMILY was left destitute in Mphophomeni on Tuesday after a pre-paid electricity meter exploded and caused a fire that left the structure and interior severely damaged.

A family member, Mfundiswa Buthelezi, said the house suffered structural damage and part of the roof was destroyed, all the windows were broken and most of his furniture such as the kitchen cupboards, dining room suite, a fridge and a television set were burnt.

He said the only items of furniture that survived the fire were some beds.

He said five people, two of them young children, were destitute as they had nowhere to go.

Buthelezi said that for the past few days the electricity supply in the Mphophomeni area had been erratic and there had been numerous blackouts.

On the day of the explosion municipal employees had been trying to repair the electricity supply to the area.

“Although I do not know what caused the explosion, while the electricity was being fixed it was coming on and off and there was suddenly an explosion, which led to the fire and the whole house caught alight and most of my furniture was burnt.”

Buthelezi said he has informed his local councillor of the fire.

Attempts to get a comment from the councillor were unsuccessful as her phone rang unanswered.

An official of the Howick fire department who confirmed the incident said it is still not clear why the pre-paid meter had exploded.


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