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Fire Guts 23 Houses in Arua City :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Fire Guts 23 Houses in Arua City

Esau Juruni, the LCI Chairperson for Nunu cell in Ayivu Division in Arua City said the fire started on Thursday at around 8:00 pm from one of the houses in the area.
Some of the burnt houses in Ayivu Division Arua city
Residents of Ayivu Division in Arua City are living in fear following the outbreak of a fire that razed 23 grass-thatched houses in the area.

The affected families are in Nunu cell, Anzu Ward in Odramacaku Trading Center, an area bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Esau Juruni, the LCI Chairperson for Nunu cell in Ayivu Division in Arua City said the fire started on Thursday at around 8:00 pm from one of the houses in the area.

He further noted that on Friday, the mysterious fire again razed 22 houses.

“We don’t know the cause of the fire but before the fire starts you hear a loud bug. The fire starts from the rooftop,” he said.

Eguma Charles, a trader at Odramacaku Trading Center told URN in an interview on Friday that the mysterious fire has caused unrest among the community members and forced many people to remove all their property for safety. 

“This fire started yesterday evening. Currently, many families have since relocated their household property since the fire starts at any time of the day”, Eguma said.

Denis Efitre, a resident of Nunu cell explains that several residents in the area have now pulled down the roofs, windows, and doors of their houses out of desperation to avoid their houses from getting burnt. He appealed to the government to intervene since an estimated 100 people, mostly children and women, are living in the cold.

“Many people are suffering due to this mysterious fire, most especially children and women who lack where to stay”,  Efitre said.

The West Nile Region Police Spokesperson, Josephine Angucia said the police fire team has moved to Odramacaku to investigate the cause.

Over the past few years, cases of mysterious fires have been rampant in the West Nile sub-region. 

In December 2022, Over 100 people in Zombo district were left homeless after a mysterious fire gutted their grass-thatched houses.

Similarly in 2021, twenty-five houses in Tara sub-county Maracha District went up in flames from mysterious fires that left at least 90 people homeless.

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