Dormitory collapses in a school fire

By Robert Segawa

Police is investigating the circumstances under which fire gutted girl’s dormitory of Kiryokya Parents SS in Mityana district left property worth millions of shillings destroyed.

The evening fire started when students were attending evening classes.  Students’ properties including suit cases, Mattresses, Decker beds were already burned down by the time fire brigade arrived.

The fire had also gaputted the enitire girl’s dormitory and the structure had collapsed.

Nobert Ochom, the Wamala region police spokesperson confirmed the incident saying no child died in the fire the investigation is going on.

Drunk Man sets hut ablaze, kills brother in law

Omoro Police are investigating circumstances under, which a 37- year- old man was burnt to death by his in law. The deceased has been identified as Walter Ojok, a resident of Abilo Nino village in Ongako Sub County in Omoro district.

Ojok met his death on Tuesday morning at the residence of Richard Okello, his brother in law in Pida Loro Village in Kal Parish. It is alleged that Okello set the hut in which, he was sleeping with the deceased ablaze at about 2am following a drinking spree in Ongako trading center.

It is still unclear why Okello torched the house killing his brother in law who is believed to have been drunk. Christopher Odora, the Speaker Ongako Sub County says that after the incident Ojok also threatened to kill his sister Agnes Ajok in the same way her husband had perished.

Ojok is currently being held at Ongako Sub County headquarters, some 12 Kilometers South East of Gulu town. In January this year, five family members were burnt inside their hut in neighboring Koch Goma Sub County in Nwoya district over a suspected a land wrangle.

Civil society actors say northern Uganda is still struggling to cope with trauma associated with the effects of two decades of brutal conflict waged by Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels.





Unattended candle burns man in Mbarara to death

A man has died in a house fire in Mbarara Municipality. 25-year-old Justus Twinomugisha alias Kanyankole, a butcher from Kirehe village in Nyamitanga division was sleeping when the fire started from a candle that was left unattended to on Tuesday night.
Peninah Nkwasibwe, the deceased’s mother, says her son has been using candles for lighting. Amina Habasa, a resident of Ruti village, says that Twinomugisha had burnt to death by the time residents put out the fire.
Jaffar Magyezi, the Mbarara District Police Commander, says Twinomugisha was burnt beyond recognition. He says a postmortem results show that Twinomugisha chocked to death before he was burnt.
The DPC cautions residents to be extra careful while using candles, saying they can be very dangerous when handled carelessly.


Fish factory in Jinja burns down, witness fire was due to explosion on gas cylinders

Fire has gutted Kamik Fish Factory in Gomba village in Central Division in Jinja Municipality. The fire broke out at around 3am in the wee hours of this morning.

The exact cause of the fire hasn’t been established. Rogers Turinawe, the Kiira Region Fire brigade Commander, says they arrived at the scene at 5am but couldn’t contain the fire because of low manpower.

According to Turinawe, the fire started at the back of the factory. He said some gas cylinders exploded burning the whole building. By the time of filing this story, the police Fire and Rescue team was still combating the fire.

Fire teams from Kakira Sugar factory and Nile ply had joined police to combat the fire.   Kamik Fish Factory is adjacent to Marine and Agro fish processing and Gomba fish factory.




Ministry of Health out of bounds for staff and public till investigations conclude

The Ministry of Health headquarters in Kampala have been declared out of bounds for staff and other citizens following a fire outbreak this afternoon.

All entrances to the ministry are currently manned by police anti-terrorism officers with no one allowed access. Several people who were attempting to pick cars from the parking yard were also blocked.

Joyce Moriku, the State minister for Primary Health Care who rushed at the offices following the incident told Journalists that the fire outbreak was unfortunate but it was contained within time.   She added that the staff will not be allowed to access the building until investigations are complete.

Vivian Nakalika Sserwanja, the ministry’s spokesperson that the fire affected the quality assurance office, part of the reproductive health office and the child health division.

Nakaliika told URN that a number of ministry officers were in the building at the time the fire started explaining that they were in preparations to travel to Omoro district for the launch of the preventative meningitis vaccination campaign.

ASP Okobo Godfrey, the Acting Commissioner for Fire Prevention at Fire and Rescue Services told URN that they had managed to put out the fire but have not yet established its cause.

He however noted the presence of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers and scene of crime officers who have started investigations.

Okobo further said that they suspect that the fire started in a pantry on the third floor of the building.

Okobo also noted a challenge of access to affected offices citing use of access control – biometric system where they could not easily access since they are not staff but broke into the premises.

He also noted that the ministry’s water hydrant had no water and could not help them.





27 dead, scores injured in Mexico massive fireworks explosion

At least 27 people are dead and dozens are injured – including children – after a massive fireworks explosion ripped through a busy market in Mexico.

The blast in the San Pablito market in the city of Tultepec injured around 70 people, according to local reports, and flattened stalls – leaving piles twisted and charred debris.

Rescue workers were treating casualties suffering from blast and burn wounds, with some victims reportedly suffering burns to more than 90 per cent of their bodies.

Dramatic footage posted online showed a massive plume of smoke filling the air as fireworks exploded in all directions and terrified market-goers ran for their lives.

Tultepec’s mayor told local media that at least 12 people were killed in the disaster.

Luis Felipe Puente, head of national emergency services, said the number of injuries could rise.

He said some homes in the area were damaged and asked people not to come within three miles of the site because it was still dangerous.

The Red Cross said it had sent more than 30 ambulances and dozens of paramedics to the scene to treat the wounded.

Video showed rescuers and market-goers walking through the debris as smoke hung in the air after the blast.

Other footage showed people frantically using clothing in an attempt to put out fires as the cloud of smoke was visible from several miles away.




Two children burn to death in Seeta

By Robert Ssegawa
Two children have died in a fire in Seeta.  Four year old Denis Kato and three year old James Kizza were burnt by the blaze that caught their parents’ house in Ntinda zone this morning. Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson Emilian Kayima says a third child Brian Wasswa sustained minor injuries and is undergoing treatment.
He says police is investigating the cause of the fire.  The deceased were Salongo Richard Mbazira’s sons.

Heavy duty Lorry goes up in flames in Lukaaya

By Robert Ssegawa
There was panic at Uganda national road authority Weigh Bridge in Lukaaya after a lorry carrying  sand went up in flames this morning. The Mercedes Benz truck registration number UAZ 597D was heading to Kampala. Latif Zakke DPC Kalungu says they could not put out the fire because they did not have enough manpower to do that.
He adds that they called for a fire brigade from Masaka but were told the machine was not functional.

Emirates Jet crash lands in Dubai, catches fire

An Emirates airline plane has crash-landed at Dubai Airport after reportedly catching fire in mid-air.

The Dubai government confirmed the jet – which took off from India earlier today – made an emergency stop at the airport shortly after 1pm local time (10am UK time).

All of the 300 people on board – including 24 Brits – were safely evacuated and just 14 people were taken to hospital to be treated for “cuts and bruises”, but their injuries were described as “moderate”.

Tragically hero firefighter, Jasim Issa Mohammed Hassan, died while putting out the flames.

Dramatic video appears to show the plane exploding on the runway.




Masaka SSS school dormitory burns down due to suspected short circuit

Over 200 students were last night rescued from fire that gutted a boy’s dormitory at Masaka secondary schools in Masaka municipality.

The fire whose cause is still unknown started after midnight when majority of the students were back from preps and were sleeping.

Eyewitnesses say they had something like an explosion inside the dormitory sealing before fire spread and destroyed the entire block of the dormitory.

Survivors told Uganda Radio Network that they don’t know what the cause of the fire is. They say they were asleep when they had fellow students shouting. The students lost books, clothes, mattresses among other items.

One of the teachers at Masaka secondary school who declined to reveal his identities because the school management stopped them to disclose anything to the media said the affected dormitory accommodated over 200 students. He said they all escaped and survived being burnt in the fire.

One of the fire police officer who rushed to the scene says by the time they reached, the dormitory was nearly burnt down by fire. He suspects the school fidgeted with the fire before calling for fire tender to put it out.

Ibin Ssenkumbi, the greater Masaka region police spokesperson has confirmed the fire outbreak. He says they found most of the property within the dormitory destroyed but he says there was no casualty.

He says police suspects the fire was caused by short circuit although he cannot entirely rule out foul play.

The school management has however blocked Uganda Radio Network from visiting the scene of the fire saying it is not necessary.

Masaka secondary school has deployed guards at the school gate stopping unauthorized people from visiting the school after the fire.

Hajj Musoke Mpungu, the Masaka Secondary school head teacher has not yet commented on the fire outbreak.

Uganda Radio Network has seen students gathering at the school compound .
In 2007, students of Masaka secondary school set on fire a school staff room over Dstv.

They also set on fire the television sets accusing the school of poor meals and failure to show them premier League. Over 200 students were expelled from the school that year over the riot.