Some traders say that the fire started from Kisenyi market before spreading to the warehouse owned by Salabed Cargo Logistics, a shipping company often used to import goods on behalf of Ugandans in the diaspora. A chain of other shops and milling businesses have been destroyed.
Eye witnesses told Uganda Radio Network that the fire could have been sparked off by an electric short circuit after a power blackout that affected most of the country last evening.
Some traders say that the fire started from Kisenyi market before spreading to the warehouse owned by Salabed Cargo & Logistics, a shipping company often used to import goods on behalf of Ugandans in the diaspora. A chain of other shops and milling businesses have been destroyed.
When Uganda Radio Network visited the scene, affected business owners were looking on in shock. Others were seen wailing at the loss of businesses. Street children ceased the opportunity to graze through the ashes for debris and any leftovers they could get their hands on.
Joseph Mugisa, the Director of Uganda Fire Services, says that no lives were taken in the fire. He says the most affected businesses were milling establishments that were made of wood and iron sheets in the area.
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Ssekaganda Moses, a dry food produce retailer says the fire begun at after 11p.m after a power blackout which, power distributor Umeme Limited attributed to a technical problem affecting generation.
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However, Nasser Batambuze, the operations manager of Salabed cargo urged all their customers to remain steadfast since the company is insured against fire.
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By 12p.m. on Friday, fire brigade personnel were still at work going through the storied Salabed building to make sure that the fire has been contained. A section of the road where the affected businesses are located could not be accessed.