Kampala, Uganda | URN | Fire on Friday 9, April 2021 gutted warehouses belonging to Madhvani Group of Companies destroying properties worth millions of shillings. The warehouses are located at the 5th Street Industrial Area.
Among the warehouses that have been gutted by the fire that started at 12 pm, is that of the Joint Medical Stores.
A team of officers from the Police Fire and Rescue Directorate teamed up with the employees of the several warehouses to put out the fire in vain.
Gilbert Ssebahabo, an employee at one of the warehouse says police’s efforts to extinguish the fire were being hampered by lack of access to the warehouse.
According to Ssebahabo, the fire started from one warehouse where Television sets are stored before spreading to the other warehouses.
The other warehouses that have been affected are those used by Keshwala Group Distributors, Sawan Distributors and AJP Printing Services among others.
Bildard Baguma, the Executive Director of Joint Medical Stores, says that the fire started from a neighbouring warehouse where some people were welding. He says that the sparks from the welding could have ignited the fire.
According to Baguma, they have lost in the fire equipment worth 7 billion shillings which includes, hospital beds, intensive care unit beds and reproductive health products.