Fire guts property in Kumi

By Alexander Okori, Tolbert Edait

Added 9th November 2016 01:21 PM

Efforts by neighbours to rescue the property from the fire were futile

A family of twelve in Aakide Village, Ongino Sub County in Kumi district is in tears after a fire on Wednesday morning gutted their grass thatched house destroying property.

Helen Kaladi the shocked owner of the house told New Vision said the fire started at about 3am while they were asleep.

Kaladi who sustained burns while trying to save her property from the fire said she lost two bags of shelled sorghum, clothes and bedding, cooking utensils, an unspecified number of hens among other things.

“I am wondering whether this fire was started by somebody. I am stranded and speechless” she said.

According to Kaladi, her husband Joseph Apalet was not at home at the time of the incident.

Charles Erone the area LC1 secretary for defence told New Vision that efforts by neighbours to rescue the property from the fire were futile.

Neighbours rushed to the scene as fast as they could but the fire was too much that they could not do much to rescue the property.

Speaking to New Vision on phone from Ogugut Landing Site where he had gone to fish, Apalet who is a father of 10, said he is not sure of the next step since the things that were destroyed in the fire had been his only source of livelihood.

“I appeal to government and other well-wishers to help my family with some food items, clothes, bedding, cooking utensils and tarpaulins among basic needs” he said.

Erone said the matter will be reported to Police who will investigate the cause of the fire. 

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