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Fire Guts Homes in Jinja city


Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fire that engulfed eight homes in Masese II cell in Jinja city southern division. The fire was initially spotted in one of the houses at around 8:00 am, but nearby residents assumed it was a minor incident that could be managed locally.

However, it quickly spread to other areas, prompting them to contact the Police fire and rescue services. Due to the congestion and lack of access roads in the area, fire trucks struggled to reach the critical areas, allowing the flames to spread unchecked.   Police officers collaborated with residents to use water buckets to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading further to neighboring houses. 

Despite their efforts, household items including electronics and utensils were extensively damaged.   Immaculate Nakajuyi, who was at work in Jinja central market at the time, learned about the fire through social media posts. She lost her entire stock worth Three Million Shillings, which she had unpacked in her house for sorting before sale.   

Another resident, Blessing Naigaga, lamented the inability to disconnect electricity promptly from the affected areas, hindering efforts to salvage property. Naigaga lost all her clothing and is seeking refuge with relatives in neighboring areas.   

James Mubi, the Kiira regional police spokesperson, confirmed the incident, suggesting that illegal power connections might have caused the fire. Scene of crime officers and detectives have been deployed to investigate further.   

Mubi urged Jinja city authorities to reconsider urban planning in slum areas, emphasizing the need for access roads to facilitate quicker response to emergencies such as fires.


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