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Fire guts Cyanika border shops

By Wilson Manishimwe

Added 10th January 2018 03:14 PM

According to the Kisoro LC5 Chairman Abel Bizimana,the cause of fire is not yet clear but some residents told him that one of traders was cooking on a charcoal stove from one of the kiosks and fire started from there.

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According to the Kisoro LC5 Chairman Abel Bizimana,the cause of fire is not yet clear but some residents told him that one of traders was cooking on a charcoal stove from one of the kiosks and fire started from there.

Traders in Cyanika Town Council in Kisoro District have on Wednesday morning left in tears as fire gutted their wooden kiosks, leaving millions of goods burnt. Cyanika is located at Uganda Border with Rwanda.

According to the Kisoro LC5 Chairman Abel Bizimana,the cause of fire is not yet clear but some residents told him that one of traders was cooking on a charcoal stove from one of the kiosks and fire started from there.

According to traders, Cyanika is one of the business spots in Kisoro with goods exiting and entering Uganda, an indication that the fire outbreak greatly impacted transactions that have been booming there. Goods such as soft drinks, alcohol and food are sold in the place.

“Those kiosks contain a lot of goods because some of them cross to Rwanda side through the border. Although goods and the kiosks have been burnt down, no death has been reported because by the time of fire outbreak, the traders were attending a sanitation meeting in the adjacent area,” said Bizimana.

He told New Vision that Police fire brigade vehicle came on scene, officers attempted to put off fire but water go finished before the fire was completely put off.He said the officers  went for more water but there was nothing big to save.

“In fact one woman wanted to through herself into the fire because of her goods that got burnt but she was counseled by her colleagues at the scene,” said Bizimana.

 

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