Property lost in Entebbe market fire



Traders operating in Kitooro market, Entebbe, are counting losses after fire razed several of their kiosks and shops.

According to eyewitnesses, the fire started about 4.30am, from a restaurant, spreading to the butcheries and other stalls close by.

Mr Moses Kasozi, a trader who was at the scene by press time said other traders were called to rescue their property about 5:00am.

“We reached here when the flames were still huge, and we did our best to salvage what we could. We thank our fire brigade for they arrived on time to help us put out the fire,” he said.

Though the cause of the fire remains unknown, Entebbe police station O.C fire brigade ASP Steven Karugayo said charcoal stoves in the restaurants could have sparked it off.

“We discovered that people leave their beans on cooking stoves so as to find them ready in the morning. The structures’ of their kiosks being wooden, it’s easy for the fire to spread, but as police we are going to investigate and find out the cause of the fire,” he said.

Mayor Vincent Kayanja while addressing journalists referred to the incidents as sad at a time when the traders were about to be relocated to the temporary site at Kiwafu playgrounds.

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