By Robert Segawa
Kiira division Police is investigating circumstances under which 21 year’s old man set three churches located in Kasokoso village in Kiira Municipality on fire leaving property worth millions of shillings destroyed.
According to Luke Owoyesigyire Kampala metropolitan deputy police spokesman, the three churches set a blaze are St.Noah Catholic church Kasokoso, Liberty church of Christ international and God’s Tour promising church also located in Kasokoso.
Owoyesigyire says that some of the things that were destroyed include reverends’ cloaks, church books, alterwine, curtains, plastic chairs , sofa sets, TV sets worth millions of shillings .
He adds that the culprit gained entry into churches by breaking through windows.
Owoyesigyire further adds that this morning the suspect surrendered himself to Kiira Division police armed with three brand new knives. He was identified as Ngobi John Reagan 21 years unemployed resident of Kasokoso beach Kiira municipality Wakiso district
During interview the suspect revealed that, he burnt these churches because of anger arising from the fact that churches preach prosperity but he has remained poor. Police will take him to Butabika for medical check-up as investigation are on going
By Robert Segawa
One person has been confirmed dead on spot and six others were critically injured in the last evening fire broke out at Kisenyi area in Western town of Fort portal in Kabarole district.
The evening fire started at around at 9 pm at Kisenyi area near the bus park in Fortportal town where a track carrying, merchandise, fuel in jerrycans and plastic tank caught fire killing one person on spot left six others in critical condition.
According to Director Fire and Emergency rescue services in Uganda police Joseph Mugisa the truck registration number UAW 038 N was carrying fuel from Katoke to Kyenjonjo got jammed and caught fire left nearby shops and other vehicle burnt.
Mugisa adds that the vehicle got burnt belonging to Arinaitwe Raymond ,a motorcycle, three shops were destroyed completely .
Mugisa further adds that one person who died in a fire was not part of fire fighting effort, and also not part of the clue of the truck got burnt,he jump on the truck to remove some of the goods that was burning.
He identified the deceased as Mwesigye Kiyaye 37 years and those injured are Jane aged 25 a resident of Rwengoma, Mrs Isiah 27 years also resident of
Rwengoma, Friday Robert 46 years, resident of Kidukulu, Musinguzi Julius 32 years resident of Kyakaboja, Nyakaguma Stephen 27 years resident of Kijura, Kagaba Christopher 47 years of Mwenge village Kyenjonjo.
He adds that great save was made on shops and other building who were close to the incident as investigation to find what caused the fire is on going.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.