A SECURITY GUARD and three of his family members have died in an inferno in Mansa after two 20 litre containers of petrol he allegedly stole exploded.
Luapula Province deputy commissioner of police Webby Shula said the incident happened on Sunday around 22:00 hours while the guard, his wife and two children were sleeping.
Mr Shula identified the deceased as Morgan Mwewa, 47, his wife Esther Mumba, 43, Florence Kasakula, 5, and Hellen Chandwe, 3.
He said police suspect Mr Mwewa got the petrol from a guesthouse currently under construction belonging to his employer, Peter Mwilambwe.
“On the fateful night, there was a lit brazier in the house and that might have caused the containers of fuel to explode,” Mr Shula said.