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Fire Guts Masese Village

Halima Namuddu, a resident says her neighbors children were playing with a charcoal stove when the fire broke out.
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Fire has gutted more than 50 homes in Masese 1 village in Jinja district destroying property worth millions of Shillings. The Monday night fire is said to have been started by some minors who were playing with a stove.

 

Halima Namuddu, a resident says her neighbor's children were playing with a charcoal stove when the fire broke out. "After some time they came running for rescue, claiming that the fire was too much in their house. We had no option rather than fleeing the scene because power was still on," she said.

Zaumah Namanda, another resident told URN that, fire spread at a high speed, which made it difficult for them to save their property. "Since its' a dry season, the fire spread very first and we could not save anything. We are left homeless at the same time without food," she adds.

 

The fire destroyed household items like beds, mattresses, clothes, fridges and sofa sets among others. The Masese I Village Chairperson, Sam Lwanga says this is the third time fire is gutting the village within a period of four years.

 

He however, says residents are yet to receive a police report on the previous fires. Collins Agaba, the Regional Fire and Rescue Officer, says investigations are ongoing to establish the cause of the fire.

 

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The Jinja District Resident Commissioner, Eric Sakwa has pledged government support to the fire victims.

 

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