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Chiyangwa’s son Bruce and others managed to put out the fire before it spread to other parts of the house.
When NewsDay visited the mansion yesterday afternoon, some household property, including furniture, had been heaped outside, while a number of windowpanes were broken.
Our news crew was denied access to the house although pictures of the damage have gone viral on social media.
Bruce said they were still quantifying the cost of the damages.
He also confirmed that the businessman was taken to a private hospital which specialises in emergency and trauma cases after sustaining burns on his hands amid speculation that Chiyangwa had collapsed due to shock.
“It was an electrical fault that affected my father’s bedroom,” Bruce said.
“When we heard the news, we thought the whole house was on fire and we rushed here, but it was only the bedroom that was affected.
“When we came there was black smoke and we thought the damage was extensive, but really it was only a few items in the bedroom, the sofas and curtain, aluminium panes, for which he was quoted about $6 000.”
He said his father had only been injured on the hands and it was not that serious.
Bruce accused the fire brigade crew of responding late to the fire.
Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the incident.
“According to the details I have been given, the fire is said to have affected one of the bedrooms,” she said.
“No one was injured in the fire.”
Known for his affluence and flamboyance, Chiyangwa regularly goes public, boasting about his fortunes and frequently brags of the beauty of his assets, particularly his cars and houses.
Chiyangwa’s mansion reportedly has 43 rooms including 15 carports, 18 bedrooms, 25 lounges, four balconies, nine servants’ quarters, two swimming pools and three helipads.
Recently the businessman boasted on social media that he has hosted the likes of President Robert Mugabe and the First Family, as well as the late king of pop music Michael Jackson at the mansion. by Obey Manayiti. source newsday