The police fire brigade was by 10 am on Saturday still trying to contain a fire that razed the New Cadillac Nightclub and Restaurant. According to Peter Bitana, a security guard at the now destroyed facility, the fire started in the early hours of Saturday at 2 am.
Bitana said the fire originated from the club's kitchen, which was closed since all cooking activities were done. "We were around as usual the suddenly we saw a fire in the kitchen area that quickly spread to other parts of the club through the roof," Bitana told The Rwanda Focus.
The kitchen, restaurant, conference room and VIP side of the straw-thatched structure were all completely destroyed. No casualties were reported, according to the Rwanda National Police spokesperson. He could not, however, estimate the extent of the damage.
"Our investigators are on ground and investigations are still ongoing to get the real cause of the incident and the extent of the damages," he told The Rwanda Focus on Saturday.
He blamed the quick spread of the fire to the straw and wooden roof, and warned nightclub owners as well as those of other buildings to respect the city's guidelines on construction in order to avoid such fires in future. "They should also have fire fighting equipment like extinguishers on hand," he advised.
Workers at the club and restaurant located at the roundabout of the road towards Kimihurura and the one towards Nyabugogo were by Saturday morning seen trying to look through the rubble for any valuable items to salvage.
Efforts to reach the club's management were futile since they were locked up in meetings with the police.
In August, Downtown Café and Restaurant based in the city center was also seriously damaged in a fire. It has since reopened.