Fire has swept through a shop at Mtendere township in Lusaka.
The fire which started at about 19:00 hrs yesterday damaged property worth thousands of kwacha.
Proprietor of the shop Bi Nzoza said all his property has been destroyed in the infernal.
He said residents informed the fire brigade on time but they only showed up after one hour when most of the property had been burnt to ashes.
He said police sealed the premises in a bid to caution residents who wanted to take an advantage of the situation and loot the property.
An eye witness Nickson Banda told ZANIS that the cause of the inferno is not yet known as he noticed smoke coming out from the shop that was closed at the time.