Fire has gutted several timber stores in Mbarara City
leaving more than 300 traders counting huge losses.
The fire which broke out around 3 am on Monday gutted the stores located along Akiiki Nyabongo road. It destroyed timber, finished timber products, mattresses and several
industrial machines and equipment. Residents tried to stop the fire using soil in vain.
Kasim Rwakajara, one of the timber dealers says that his survival
has been shattered since the carpentry business was his only source of income
and livelihood. He says that among
the properties that burnt to ash include heaps of timber, specialized timber
machines used for designing, cutting and
moulding valued at 100 Million Shillings.
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Sylvia Ninsiima, another timber dealer says that over 28 timber
stores were razed by the fire. She adds that several machines that cost between
10 and 70 million shillings were destroyed.
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Robert Mugabe Kakyebezi, Mbarara City Mayor says that residents
struggled to put out the fire due to the lack of a police firefighting truck. He says that they relied on the truck from Bushenyi.
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police are yet to establish the cause of the fire.