Wildfire destroys The Malawi United Methodist Farm in Mchinji

The wildfire that was easily started by a man who wanted to catch mice for relish spread quickly igniting brush, trees, a demonstration garden and homes at The Malawi United Methodist Church farm and the surrounding village in Mchinji on 8th October, 2012 at around 1400hrs.

Trees got burnt

“The fire caught us by surprise at around 2pm. It was spreading fast because it was a sunny windy day. We have lost farm produce worthy MK156,000. Some have lost bags of fertilizer. Lucky enough, the farm workers helped to water some of the shelters. That’s how we managed to save them. It was really terrible.” Narrated Rose Mhone, the wife of the Agriculture Manager

Children playing with ashes

“It was like i was watching a movie. I was stranded. I did not know what to do and where to put the vehicle to protect it from the fire”. Recalled Pamela, a volunteer from the US at the farm


Rose and Pamela

Farm Manager’s house did not catch fire despite the fact that it was surrounded it

One of the houses that was destroyed by the fire

A Burnt house

Burnt bush


“Lucky enough no one was hurt apart from a 4 year old girl who drunk liquid fertilizer. After inhaling the smoke, she became so thirst that she thought  it was water. She has been admitted at the hospital and is in a stable condition” said one of the farm workers.

Wildfires leave much more behind than fire-scarred buildings, ash and destruction. Smoke poses health problems including headaches, nausea, dizziness and respiratory problems.


By Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo












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15 Responses to Wildfire destroys The Malawi United Methodist Farm in Mchinji

  1. Mary Beth says:

    That is terrible! I am glad no one was injured and that the little girl who drank fertilizer will be ok. I am so sorry, you all will be in our prayers.

  2. Daniel mhone says:

    This is terrible. Lord have mercy. We need to develop the farm and not destroy it.

  3. Stephen Bryant says:

    Lord have mercy

  4. Chisomo Chang'ana says:

    What a sad story! How I hate bush fires and the mentality of some human beings.All this destruction because of MICE?

  5. Sheree says:

    May God bring goodness from this very, very sad destruction. So thankful everyone will be okay. Prayers for the entire MUMC team!

  6. Linda Johnson says:

    So sorry to hear this terrible news. We will remember you in prayer on Sunday at Belmont UMC. Our love is with you.

  7. Nancy Brown says:

    I am so sorry for the losses that have been experienced. But we know that good can arise out of ashes, so let our prayers be for healing and new beginnings! Prayers also for the little girl!

  8. babscampbell says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of this horrible news! We will be praying for you all, and especially the little girl in the hospital. Thank you for keeping us updated, Mercy!

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