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Wildfire Leaves 9 Teachers homeless in Gulu

Geoffrey Owor, the headteacher of St Mbuga Primary school, says that the affected teachers lost property such as clothing and food items among others worth over Shillings 3.5 million.

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The families of nine teachers at St Mbuga Primary school in Lugutu village Awach Sub County in Gulu district are homeless after their houses were razed down by wildlife. The incident happened around 1:34 pm on Wednesday when the teachers were having lunch. 

One of the teachers told URN on condition of anonymity the fire started from a bird's nest, which fell on one of the houses. He says that the fire that caught the bird's nest was from a wildfire that was burning about 200m from the school. 

Geoffrey Owor, the headteacher of St Mbuga Primary school, says that the affected teachers lost property such as clothing and food items among others worth over Shillings 3.5 million. He, however, says that they managed to save some documents and items such as furniture.   

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Owor says currently, the teacher and their families are sleeping in a classroom and they lunch in the school kitchen. According to Owor, despite the incident, normal classes are going on amidst trauma especially among the affected teachers.

Christopher Opio Ateker, the Gulu District LC V Chairperson, says just like the school, many other people and institutions did not prepare by creating fire lines around their compounds. 

Opio says that they dispatched a team from the district to ascertain the level of destruction.  Founded in 2008, St, Mbuga currently has an enrolment of over 710 pupils with 28 teachers. 

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