Police in Kampala is investigating the cause of the fire that on Wednesday morning gutted the Royal Paints factory in Makindye, a Kampala suburb.
According to Mr. Hassan Kyanda, the deputy director of Fire Safety and Emergency Services in Kampala, Police was still trying to establish the cause of the Wednesday morning fire that left property worth millions of shillings destroyed.
Kyanda however, faulted the owner of the factory for setting up such a business in a residential area which he said puts the entire neighborhood at risk.
“This paint factory caught fire this morning but all I want to assure the people now is that there’s no cause for alarm. It’s under control. People should also be vigilant about their neighborhoods. For instance, how do you set up a factory in a residential area! This is very risky to the neighborhood. If the neighbors had reported to us (police) earlier, we would have come and inspected the factory for safety and perhaps advised him to relocate it,” he said.
“Factories are not supposed to be set up everywhere you find. There are designated areas for such businesses,” Kyanda said added.
The incident comes just days after fire burnt Grace House, one of the girls’ dormitory at King’s College Budo in the neighbouring district of Wakiso.