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Fire Guts Kakira Sugar Works Stores in Jinja

By Rosette Nandutu,

A huge fire on Friday evening consumed Kakira Sugar Limited’s general stores in Jinja District in eastern Uganda.

By 10pm Friday, firefighters were still battling to contain the raging fire that started more than two hours earlier, to prevent it from spread to the main sugar mill that is just 50 metres away.

Kiira region police spokesperson, Mr James Mubi has said that Police are investigating the exact cause of the fire but no injuries ,deaths were registered.

According to Police,the losses in terms of monetary value is yet to be determined by the relevant authorities,although the losses are severe due to the intensity of the fire.

Kiira regional fire tenders, and the beef up from Busoga East region, private companies like Nile Agro and the firefighting services for the factory effectively put out the fire, prevented it from spreading to the Kakira petrol station, behind stores and the sugar stores.

The Supplies Department, as the stores is known, is the main stores in Kakira where virtually everything procured for day-to-day operations apart from heavy machinery is first stored before they are distributed to a nucleus of sections.