Fire has gutted Elegu Market in Amuru District leaving more than 100 traders
Elegu Market, located a few meters away from the South Sudan border town of
Nimule, attracts several traders from within Uganda and South Sudan.
Richard Omony a vendor says that the fire started at around midnight
and lasted for several hours. It destroyed shops, saloons, and barber shops, makeshift
structures and among others.
Komakech Comboni, the Atiak Sub County Chief, says that they are yet to verify
the magnitude of the damage. He also says that the cause of the fire is
still unknown, however he suspects that it resulted from electric short circuit
in some of the shops.
Emmanuel Bwambale, the Amuru District Police Commander noted that traders with the help of police
fire brigade put out the fire before it could engulf the whole market.
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Elegu market has over the years been prone to mysterious fire outbreaks.
In January 2017, more than 40 shops were razed down in the fire
outbreak. In February, a devastating
fire outbreak destroyed over 300 temporary structures comprising of
residential, restaurants and shops, displacing about 500 people.
In May 2017, more than ten shops were burnt down after fire
engulfed a wood workshop.
In January 2018, more than 200 structures were burnt to ashes,
displacing about 400 people after fire gutted western part of Elegu Market in
Elegu Zone II parish.