Fire destroys Gulu IDP camp
Publish Date: Feb 03, 2009
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By Dennis Ojwee

FIRE has gutted Koro-Abili internally displaced people’s camp in Gulu district.

Dennis Ojok, a student, lost all his scholastic materials in the fire.

“I had packed my property waiting for a bus when fire started suddenly. I will not be able to return to school, Good Samaritan SSS at Kibuye in Kampala. I tried in vain with the help of other people to put out the fire but it became wild,” Ojok said.

Patrick Kilara, who was preparing to return to Kampala with his brothers who study in schools in Mukono and Iganga districts, said they also lost their belongings.

Santo Onono, the Zone C leader, said the fire started at about 1:00pm from a hut belonging to Justine Odoc.

“I really do not know why the fire started from that building when it is just a sleeping hut where no cooking takes place. The hut, which is used as the kitchen, is even far from it,” Onono wondered.

He said the Police fire fighters were called but they did not respond.

“We had to struggle to put out the fire using water in jerry-cans with damp blankets, while others pushed down the roofs of other huts so as to avoid further spread of the fire,” Onono said, adding that over 20 huts were razed.

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