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Fire Outbreak Destroys 33 Kiosks at Elegu Border Post

Police says preliminary findings indicate that the fire was sparked off by an electric short circuit in one of the affected premises. This is the sixth time that fire is affecting traders in Elegu border point over the past three years.
The Elegu Fire Outbreak Left 33 Kiosks Burnt Down on Monday Morning

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An overnight fire has destroyed 33 kiosks at Elegu Border Point in Amuru district. Traders estimate that they lost goods worth more than 20 million Shillings in the fire that razed all structures at the Eastern side of the market. 

Police says preliminary findings indicate that the fire was sparked off by an electric short circuit in one of the affected premises. This is the sixth time that fire is affecting traders in Elegu border point over the past three years.

Aswa River Police spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema says that the Police fire department at the border with South Sudan, alongside affected residents, fought the fire using hand-held fire extinguishers. He says the area requires the installation of a fire truck to mitigate the occurrence of fire outbreaks in the area.

Catherine Acayo, one of the traders told URN that many of the affected traders lost everything as the disaster struck at night.

Most business premises in Elegu are built with highly flammable construction materials including papyrus mats, bamboo poles and grasses amongst others. The area is also prone to flash floods.

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