Uganda: Several Feared Dead in Kyambura Fuel Tanker Blast

Several people are feared dead following a fire involving a fuel tanker destined for Kasese district.

The tanker reportedly overturned after failing to negotiate a corner at Kyambura trading centre in Kicwamba sub county of Rubirizi district and burst in flames. The fire also burnt two taxis that were loading passengers at a nearby stage and also spread to some nearby buildings.

The fire also gutted five buildings housing at least 8 shops. Julius Tugumisirize, a resident of Kyambura trading centre said that the incident occurred around 3:30 pm Sunday and efforts by residents to put out the fire were fruitless.

He says that the police fire brigade arrived about two hours after the fire had started and by then it was too late. Sincere Kansiime, another resident says that residents abandoned the rescue efforts and instead concentrated on saving property in their houses due to fear that the fire would spread there.

Favor Twikirize, an eyewitness said that she was able to count 10 bodies, which had been retrieved and were yet to be taken to hospital.

The Greater Bushenyi regional police spokesperson, Martial Tumusiime, says police couldn't get to the scene of the fire in time because of the long distance. He said that the injured were rushed to Lugazi health centre IV for treatment He declined to comment on the number of those already confirmed dead.

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