A huge cloud of smoke coupled with a sharp flame was visible from all corners of the Jinja Central Business district which attracted crowds to gather around the factory gate. The crowd was later dispersed by UPDF personnel who tasked them to vacate the premises immediately.
A fire has gutted the Jinja-based Nile Agro factory again, just
five months after a similar incident in January. The fire began at around 6:00 pm on Friday.
A huge cloud of smoke coupled with a sharp flame was visible
from all corners of the Jinja Central Business district which attracted crowds to
gather around the factory gate. The crowd was later dispersed by UPDF personnel who tasked
them to vacate the premises immediately.
Francis Baganzi, the factory’s General Manager says that
over 40,000 metric tonnes of cotton and sunflower seeds have been reduced to ash. According to Baganzi, the destroyed items are the core raw
materials of the factory and their absence may disrupt daily operations.
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Geoffrey Muwonge, a security guard at the premises says
that the fire might have resulted from loose electricity wires within the
factory’s raw materials store. He says that since it began as a small fire, they attempted
to stop it using their in house rescue systems but the flames kept on rising.
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At the time of the incident, the scene was surrounded with four trucks that were meant
to offload raw materials on Saturday morning. However, the drivers were tipped to
rescue the vehicles on time. They only escaped with flat tyres.
Ahmed Hasunira, the Jinja central police commander says
that the fire was contained and blocked from spreading to other parts of the
factory. He adds that a team of detectives have been dispatched to
establish the exact cause of the fire outbreak.
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Nile agro factory has been prone to fire outbreaks. The most recent, occurred early this year when the factory’s central boiler
burst causing an operation shutdown, however, the police is yet to establish the
cause of fires that have been gutting the factory premises since 2012.