Crime & Investigation

CRIME EXCLUSIVE: Eyewitnesses Speak Out On Capital Shoppers Fire

prostate geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Martha Atwiine, viagra 100mg an eyewitness, treat has told investigations desk that the fire started at around 7:30pm when most shops had closed.

“We first heard a loud explosion before this part of the supermarket caught fire. There was a stampede as men rushed to use fire extinguishers to put down the fire but it was too much,” recounts Atwiine.

“The security guards telephoned police which later came with ten trucks of water to put out the fire. By the time police reached at the scene, the Bata shop had been fully consumed by fire,” added Atwiine.

Bosco Odong, a cleaner, said policeman managed to control the fire from burning the whole multi-billion complex.

The fire partially damaged Red Carpet Stores, Nokia Stores, Dfcu Bank, Fab Fashion among other shops.

“Police officers who were here said they suspect the fire was caused by an electric short circuit,” added Odong.

Bata is said to have lost at least Shs700m of a new stock of shoes which was brought in last Thursday.

Cops at the scene said police is yet to hold suspects.

This is the latest in a spate of fire incidents that have since rocked the nation.

In fact it’s within the same week that Buganda’s treasured Naggalabi coronation site on Buddo Hill, Wakiso district was destroyed by fire.

Police boss Lt. Gen. Kale Kayihura has in the past accused rebel Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) of orchestrating a reign of terror that includes burning of schools and killing Ugandans.

Police has tightened security at Capital Shoppers, sealing off part of the premises with bright yellow crime scene barrier tapes.

A stench of burnt rubber still hangs around the damaged supermarket. Employees of destroyed shops stood out helplessly, possibly planning on securing another source of bread.

Police Fire Officer Joseph Mukisa said Capital Shoppers did not have adequate fire safety systems to cater for such emergencies.

He said the fire extinguishers were not enough.

“We shall soon work with KCCA to ensure all landlords adhere to fire safety guidelines to avoid such incidents in future. The compliance is still low,” said Mukisa.

He said investigations are underway to establish the cause of the fire.


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