Former Zimbabwe National Team, Amazulu and Caps United football coach, Charles Mhlauri and his family, escaped a house fire that destroyed their 1790 home known as the “Penniman House,” in Meriden Plainfield, Connecticut, United State of America.
The house is owned by a local school, Kimball Union Academy, where Mhlauri is a soccer coach and deputy director of athletics.
Mhlauri’s family was not hurt but they lost everything in a house that had no fire detectors and alarms.
Local police officers said the flames ignited sometime around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday and spread rapidly.
“One of the kids was not sleeping at the time, smelled smoke and was able to get the entire family out of the house so that nobody was in the house at the time we arrived,” Plainfield Police Chief Paul Roberts said.
The fire started in the adjacent ban and quickly spread through the house.
Mhlauri refused to answer questions from the media when asked to speak about the state of his family following the fire.
Mhlauri had a glorious brief coaching career in Zimbabwe’s elite football between 2000 and 2006.
In 2000 and 2001 his side Amazulu finished second in Zimbabwe’s top league.
He guided Caps United to 2 successive premier league wins and took Zimbabwe National Team to it’s second appearance at the 2006 Africa Cup in Egypt after winning 2005 COSAFA Cup.
He now lives in the US with his wife and four children.