Property worth millions destroyed in Jinja City fire

Jinja, (UG):- The Territorial Police in Kiira Region is investigating the cause of fire that Monday morning that destroyed eight residential temporary structures in Jinja City leaving property worthy millions reduced to ashes.

The fire which reportedly started at around 8 am on Monday, March 18, 2024, in Masese 1 Village, Southern Division of Jinja City, spread easily in the neighbourhood due to the nature of the structure of the buildings made of iron sheets and timbers, according to the Regional Police Spokesperson SP James Mubi.

“Kiira regional police fire brigade responded but the fire truck could not access the scene of crime, fire rescue and prevention service officers together with the local people resorted to the use of buckets to put out the fire, this has been successfully managed, though with a lot of challenges,” SP James Mubi said.

He added that no life was lost nor injuries sustained in the morning fire incident, but household items totalling an amount yet to be established were destroyed although police managed to save a few.

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Police were yet to establish the actual cause of the fire by press time but preliminary findings pointed to the illegal power connection or unattended charcoal stove as a possible cause of the incident.

“This brings concern to relevant local leaders in the area to discourage and report all those involved in illegal power connections without fear or favour because the possible consequences of the bad practice involve loss of life and property and loss of government revenue hence leading to poor infrastructure in the country and increased cost of production for factories or businesses that need huge power consumption,” SP Mubi added.

“Police appeals to the city authority to design and advocate for proper housing schemes in such areas with proper access routes for emergency trucks to avoid a portioning the blame to police especially by self-seeking politicians who tend to utter baseless statements with intent to tarnish police image,” he added.

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