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Fire Guts Walukuba West Market

Umar Musoke, one of the vendors who lost properties in the fire, says that they heard a big blast from the neighbouring kiosk, prompting all vendors to converge in the fire assembly point. He adds that not much was saved as they fled to save their dear lives from the flames which destroyed food items, beverages and electronics.
Ravages of the fire.

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More than 50 traders are counting losses after their stalls in Walukuba West Market in Jinja, were destroyed by fire. The fire that gutted the market in the afternoon is suspected to have resulted from an electric circuit.

Umar Musoke, one of the vendors who lost properties in the fire, says that they heard a big blast from the neighbouring kiosk, prompting all vendors to converge in the fire assembly point. He adds that not much was saved as they fled to save their dear lives from the flames which destroyed food items, beverages and electronics.

//Cue in; “nakafuna…

Cue out…biwedewo.”//

Lovisa Nandudu, another vendor says that the congestion in the market blocked firefighters from accessing the sites which were mostly affected by the fire.

“Our market lacks access routes as wooden kiosks and stalls are congested in one place which led to the quick spread of the fire,” she says.

Joseph Bategenya, the market chairperson says that firefighters managed to rescue three-quarters of the market. However, the area nearing electric poles was completely razed.

//Cue in; “tulowoza…

Cue out…wano.”//

Kiira Region Police Fire Officer Collins Agaba confirms the incident, adding that a conclusive report will be released early next week.        

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