According to Francis Baganzi, the Human Resource Manager of the factory, the fire started from the thermic oil boiler, a key piece of equipment which controls all the activities of the factory. The machine reportedly exploded and burnt out into ashes.
Nile Agro Factory Limited has
been closed following a fire that destroyed properties worth millions of shillings
this evening. The Jinja-based factory, which deals with cooking oil and soap
products was gutted by fire at around 4 p.m.
According to Francis Baganzi, the
Human Resource Manager of the factory, the fire started from the thermic oil
boiler, a key piece of equipment which controls all the activities of the
factory. The machine reportedly exploded and burnt out into ashes.
The fire which had started
spreading to other parts of the factory was put off hours later, by a tea, from
Kiira Region Fire and Rescue Services, the Uganda Red Cross Society, and Fire
fighters from the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces-UPDF and Busoga East Police
The team also evacuated all the
employees who were still locked up in the factory premises. Baganzi says that
factory cannot operate in the absence of a boiler which will take at least two months,
to be replaced.
//Cue in; “the thermic boiler…
Cue out…edible cooking oil.”//
Jinja Resident District
Commissioner Eric Sakwa who led a team of officers in inspecting the site says that
the fire might have resulted from friction in the newly installed thermic
boiler which was overworked. Sakwa, however, faulted the factory owners for the lack
of water hydrants to help boost the police teams in case of a huge fire.
//cue in; “preliminary
Cue out…it got finished.”//
Meanwhile, the Kiira Regional
Fire Officer Collins Agaba says that the fire spilt in the oil tanks and it was
hard to extinguish it using water.
"The fire had spilt into
oil tanks neighbouring the boilers and we used foam to extinguish it as plain
water couldn't do much for the moment," he says.