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Kayihura also warned proprietors of fuel stations to remain extra vigilant to avoid a similar scenario.
Traders at the Park yard market today woke up to find their merchandise worth millions of shillings turned into smoldering rubble following a fire outbreak.
It widely thought that the fire as a result of internal conflicts among the leaders of the market. Kayihura said an investigation remains underway.
Defence Minister, Dr Crispus Kiyonga also noted that President Museveni would soon meet the leaders of the market to forge a way forward.
He also announced a shs1bn support fund from government towards the restoration of the market structures.
Below is Kayihura’s statement in full:
Today November 4, 2013 at 04:16 am, the Police Directorate of Fire Prevention and Rescue Services received an anonymous call informing us of a fire outbreak at Park Yard Market in Kampala Central.
Police immediately dispatched fire truck UP 0611 to the scene at 04:17 am. Another 2 fire fighting trucks, 3 FAW, 2 Water tanks, 1 Water Turret were dispatched and later fire trucks from the Military, Entebbe and Mukwano Fire Truck joined them. Police patrol vehicles were also sent to the scene to secure it.
On arrival the fire response team found out that fire had engulfed more than 50 percent of the market with flames raging and spreading towards St. Balikuddembe Market, popularly known as Owino market.
Police’s priority was to save the remaining part of Park yard market, as well as to stop the spreading fire and save the adjacent Owino market, Nakivubo stadium and JESCO Beauty Center.
Police faced a number of challenges. There was no accessibility to the Park Yard Market, and the congestion due to the confused nature of the market. There were also no passages and no hydrants along Nakivubo place road.
A section of the public was hostile towards the fire fighting team, with some of them pelting the teams with stones and cutting some fire fighting hoses with machetes.
Consequently, 5 police vehicles were damaged, four of which had shattered wind screens and 1 melted due to intense heat. Police personnel were also injured.
SP Kihanda Hassan was stoned and suffered injury in the ribs, Cpl Onyangai stepped on a nail, and glass particles entered PPC Magala’s eyes.
Police managed to save Owino market, Nakivubo stadium and attachments, JESCO Beauty center building, as well as Kalita Bus Terminal that were under the fire threat.
The cause of the fire is not yet established. However, what is evident is that fire started in the middle of Nakivubo Park yard market. A joint of detectives and forensic officers have since the incident been at the scene to investigate the incident.
Police is working closely with the leaders of Park Yard market, KCCA, management of Nakivubo stadium to build effective safety and security system as the process of rebuilding the market begins.
This is the third fire incident in a period of four years, after that of 25th February 2009 which occurred at 0450/c, 31st July 2011 at 0220/c and 4th December 2013 which happened at 0416/ c.
Whether the fire was accidental, or due to deliberate criminal act, we must address all weaknesses in the market that have made it so vulnerable compared to other markets.
As we strive to establish the cause of the fire, let me call upon all proprietors of all public places, especially Petrol stations to be extra vigilant to guard against fire alongside other security threats.