James Asubu, the officer in charge of criminal investigations Gulu district says that they are investigating reports that the fire was started by one of the staff of the regional blood bank.
Police are investigating the management of Gulu Regional blood Bank over arson. The investigations stem from the Sunday night fire that burnt down the premises housing the store and laboratory.
A fire broke out on Sunday night at 1am in the northern regional blood bank destroying laboratory equipment worth millions of shillings. Following the fire outbreak, on Monday police summoned top officials of the blood bank to record statement at Gulu Central Police Station. James Asubu, the officer in charge of criminal investigations Gulu district says that they are investigating reports that the fire was started by one of the staff of the regional blood bank.
Asubu says so far the police have arrested a cleaner identified as Bosco Obalo who is suspected to have caused the fire. He says initial investigations indicate that Obalo who was employed as a cleaner was residing in the store where laboratory equipment were kept. He says that their investigations show that the cleaner lit a cigarette which sparked off the fire. He says police has summoned the management of the unit to record statement on how the cleaner ended up sleeping in the store. Dr. Muhamed Mubiru, the Gulu Regional Hospital Administrator says the Management of the regional bank should be held responsible for allowing the cleaner to sleep in the store. Dr. Mubiru says the store had flammable liquids like spirits which ignited the fire from the cigarette. The management of Gulu regional blood bank has declined to comment on the incident.