Police and officials from Standard Bank are yet to establish the cause of the fire that gutted part of the bank on Saturday in Lilongwe.

The fire started at around 5pm when the bank was closed, destroying the upper storey of the building.
According to information sourced by FaceofMalawi indicates that the fire caused extensive damage to the information and technology department.

Firefighters from the Lilongwe City Council and the Kamuzu International Airport, the Police as well as Escom personnel rushed to the scene to contain the inferno.

Speaking in an interview with the press, Lilongwe Police Publicist, Kingsley Dandaula said investigation to establish the cause of the fire and evaluate the cost of the damage are still in progress.

“We are yet to establish the cause of the fire and the cost of the damage but the things that have been destroyed are mainly computers, furniture, air conditioners and some paper document files,” said Dandaula.

On his part, Standard Bank Chief Executive Officer Andrew Mashanda said officials from the working hard to establish the cause of the fire and will issue a public statement on the matter if all the facts of the matter are determined.

The fire at Lilongwe Standard Bank branch comes barely a month after unknown thugs invaded Mzuzu Standard Bank and went away with money amounting to MK0.5 million which was later intercepted by Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) officers.

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