Blantyre residents have expressed dissatisfaction with the way their city council handled the fire which gutted Leopard Match Limited at Ginnery Corner in Blantyre last December.
The residents expressed their concerns on Tuesday at a Blantyre City Council (BCC) Service Chapter review meeting. They said the council failed to put the fire out.
The fire, which injured eight people and damaged a warehouse at Leopard Match, also affected warehouses and property belonging to the adjacent Eshani Products Limited.
In response, BCC liquid pollution control officer Flavious Kamwani, who represented the engineering department, admitted they were overwhelmed by the Leopard Match fire.
He said: “I agree that we faced challenges to put the Leopard Match fire out because of the explosions that were happening as we were trying to extinguish it.”
In an interview yesterday, Concerned Youth Organisation (CYO) executive director Harvey Chimaliro said the council should build capacity so that it should be able to handle fire of any magnitude.
The meeting, funded by Tilitonse Fund through CYO, also reviewed the administration, education, health, town planning and estate management, leisure, cultural and environment management departments of the city council.