Fire has reduced property inside the Borrowdale home of Zanu PF Politburo member Patrick Chinamasa to rubble. Insert: The raging fire inside Chinamasa (pictured)'s home

Chinamasa’s Borrowdale home razed down by fire: ‘I’ve lost everything’

“The furniture, clothes, blankets, files, documents, records, manuscripts, family photos… everything, and above all my priceless and irreplaceable library is now just a heap of ash and rubble.”

TOP politician and Zanu PF secretary for finance says he has lost everything that he worked hard all his life after a raging fire reduced virtually all the property inside his plush Borrowdale home to ash and rubble Friday late afternoon.

Among the property completely lost to fire are several manuscripts of memoirs Chinamasa was known to be writing, books in his library, household furniture and electricals, family photos and files as well as documents which the former Finance Minister described as “priceless”.

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Chinamasa, who is also the Zanu PF acting political commissar, said he was “ruling out completely any foul play” after firefighters responded to the inferno between 3.30 and 4PM.

Chinamasa said he had been left “severely traumatised” by the incident, adding: “It’s not easy to accept that what we have worked for all our lives has gone up in smoke in a matter of seconds. All that we have remained with are the clothes we were wearing.

“The furniture, clothes, blankets, files, documents, records, manuscripts, family photos… everything, and above all my priceless and irreplaceable library is now just a heap of ash and rubble.”

The former Finance Minister revealed that his one-year-old grandson was rescued unharmed from the main bedroom where the fire was first detected following what he described as a “boom sound”.

In a statement about the incident, Chinamasa said: “Thank God for the child’s mother, who had just arrived back from work, and the housekeeper managed to rescue the baby.

“The main bedroom, the bedroom where the fire originated from, and my study were all gutted by the fire and reduced to ashes. Nothing was saved from these rooms.

“The Fire Brigade arrived in time to save the dining room, the lounge, the kitchen, and the two remaining bedrooms.

RUBBLE: This image shows what remains after a fire razed down property inside Patrick Chinamasa’s Borrowdale home

“As to the cause of the fire, I am suspecting an electrical fault. I am ruling out completely any foul play. Enemies may celebrate over my misfortune but I believe there was no enemy hand behind this incident.

“I know social media will be awash with all sorts of speculations. This I have no power to stop. What I know from the bottom of my heart is that this was an accident, an act of God.”

Chinamasa invoked the biblical Job whose story of keeping the faith no matter how grim the circumstances of life may be inspires Christians.

“In conversations with friends and relatives, I find myself fielding Job-like questions but I want to assure all who care for my welfare that in God I trust and he will provide,” he said.

Watch footage clip of the raging inferno below:

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