Lira. An administration block at Lira Regional Referral Hospital was on Monday evening razed by a fire.
The cause of fire that reportedly broke out from the office of the accountant at about 6pm, has not been ascertained.
Attendants, local leaders and police managed to put out the fire.
The Resident District Commissioner, Mr Robert Abak, who was at the scene on Monday, said the fire destroyed the accountant’s office.
“It [inferno] is subject to investigation. As of now, I don’t think we have any other explanation. I have seen computers, files and some books burnt but not all of them are damaged,”Mr Abak said.
“I want the police to take charge, later on the technical people will sort out and record those ones which have been recovered and can still be used,’’ he added.
As part of the ongoing investigations into the incident, the RDC said some people would record statements at Lira Central Police Station. However, he declined to divulge any details.
Patients, nurses and attendants said the damaged office was locked at the time of the incident.
“I was at the maternity ward and saw smoke covering the entire facility and I sensed there was danger. Immediately, I heard the administration block had caught fire,” Ms Katherine Opio, an attendant, said.
Another attendant Vincent Odany Ocen said they heard sound of explosion before the fire broke out.
“Immediately, the building caught fire and we told all the patients to vacate the male medicines ward,” he said.
A councillor from Lira Municipal Council, Mr John Omara, said he and some attendants tried to put out the fire. “I picked three fire extinguishers that were placed on the wall at the facility and tried to put off the fire but two of them were non-functional and immediately the fire fighters came in,” Mr Omara said.
The North Kyoga regional police spokesperson, Mr David Ongom Mudong, said their team was able to extinguish the fire before it could cause massive destruction.