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DEVELOPING: Several feared dead as fire guts trading centre in Western Uganda

Several feared dead after a fire gutted a trading centre in Western Uganda. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

RUBIRIZI – Several people are said to have died after a fuel tank on Sunday burst into flames in Kyambura Trading Centre, Rubirizi District, in western Uganda.

According to witness accounts, the accident occurred after the fuel tanker knocked a bus before losing control and ramming into other stationary vehicles in the trading centres, sparking off the fire. The fire then spread to several shops and houses in the area, that is adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Police were still putting out the fire in the evening and we could not get a formal report on the number of victims. PML Daily will bring you details as and when we get them.

This is the most recent deadly fire accident in Uganda in the last 6 years. In 2013, 33 people – mainly bodaboda riders – were killed in the fuel tanker fire, which also destroyed about 20 motorcycles at Namungoona on the Northern Bypass.

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