Fire Accident Displaces Hundreds in Yumbe

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Laila Igaru, one of the fire victims says the minors lit the candle and went to play only to return and find several houses on fire. Igaru says her entire household property was reduced to ash as she away from home.

At least 100 people in East Yumbe cells in Yumbe town council are out in the cold after their grass thatched houses were gutted by fire on Monday. The fire is believed to have started from a candle that was left an unattended two children. Laila Igaru, one of the fire victims says the minors lit the candle and went to play only to return and find several houses on fire.

Igaru says her entire household property was reduced to ash as she away from home. She says that by the time she returned, the fire had spread to eight other houses, which made it to contain it due to lack of water. Moses Rubeson, the LC III chairperson Yumbe town council blames the spread of the fire to poor planning.
 
He says most of the houses are built closely to each other without spacing, which made it easy for the fire to spread at a fast speed. He says some of the affected people are currently staying at Yumbe resource center while others have gone on to stay with their relatives in the town council. He appeals to the district disaster preparedness committee and aid agencies to come to the rescue of the affected families.

According to Rubeson starting a new life for the families might be very difficult without support.

 

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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.