KABALE DISTRICT | UGANDA: – Kabale-based traders dealing in timber are counting losses after a Wednesday morning fire gutted her timber workshop leaving property and machinery worth millions of money destroyed to ashes.
The fire incident whose cause is yet to be known happened along Kazooba road commonly known as “Mundeba” in Bugongi, Kabale municipality at around 4.30 am.
Among the things that were destroyed by the fire were the structure, four machines, power saws, wood works, and timber among others.
Margaret Kagaaza, one of the shop owners said the flames destroyed carpentry machines, power saws, woodworks, and timber among others worth Shs 75m.
“I have lost so much money; I only need God’s mercy because that was the only business I had,” she said.
Denis Nuwagira one of the workers in Kagaaza’s workshop says that they suspect that street kids commonly known as ‘maibobo’ who usually spend nights in the shops, might have accidentally started the fire.
Police quickly responded to the fire and managed to put it out before it could cause more damage on the neighboring buildings including Highland hotel.
Elly Maate the Kigezi Regional police spokesperson says that Police officers from fire brigade led by DPC ASP Byansi Muhammad with the help of traders and residents managed to stop the fire from spreading to neighboring buildings though most of the furniture shops couldn’t be saved.
“Fire was put off by the fire brigade before it spread to the neighbouring structures and the machinery workshop belonged to one Kaganza Margret a renowned business lady dealing in timber No loss of life and the primary cause of fire was not yet established the cause of the fire has kicked off and a report will be issued upon completion”. Said Maate.