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Fire Destroys Wood Workshops in Gulu City :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Fire Destroys Wood Workshops in Gulu City

Dick Ouni, the Aswa River Region Police Fire officer confirmed the incident saying the fire fighters managed to control the fire from spreading to nearby fuel stations, something that would have been very disastrous since there are many other fuel stations near the wood workshops.
Some of the Timbers Destroyed by the Fire


Fire has destroyed at least five wood workshops and timber stores in Bardege – Layibi Division in Gulu City.

The cause of the fire which started a few minutes past midnight from one of the workshops has not yet been known.

The fire reportedly started in one of the workshops belonging to a businessman identified as Saleh, before it spread to other workshops and timber stores located along Alokolum Road at Industrial Area a few meters from Gaz Petrol Station.

Stephen Galdino Onen, one of the businessmen whose wood workshop and timber store got burnt says he was notified about the fire outbreak while he was at his home in Kabedopony in Bardege –Layibi Division. Onen says he rushed to the scene only to find almost everything burnt to ashes.

He says two police fire trucks and another from the civil aviation rushed to the scene but were later overwhelmed by the fire.

Onen revealed that the fire destroyed his four carpentry machines valued at 60 to 70 million shillings, hundreds of pieces of timber, among other items and that kiosks, timber stores, and wood workshops belonging to four other people were also destroyed by the fire.

Dick Ouni, the Aswa River Region Police Fire officer confirmed the incident saying the fire fighters managed to control the fire from spreading to nearby fuel stations, something that would have been very disastrous since there are many other fuel stations near the wood workshops.

Ouni also added that they also managed to save dozens of other timer stores and wood workshops despite the violent fire. The fire brigade took more than eight hours to put off the fire completely. He says that an inquiry into the incident is ongoing to establish its cause and damages.

 

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