fire outbreak at MAAIF stores in Wandegeya
An early morning fire broke out at the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) warehouse in Wandegeya on Sunday.

On Sunday morning, a fire broke out in the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) stores in Wandegeya.

The Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) stores in Wandegeya caught fire on Sunday morning.

The fire reportedly left a number of farming equipment burnt down to ashes. 

Speaking about the sudden happening, the Ministry’s Spokesperson, Charlotte Kemigyisha said they are yet to establish the right cause of the fire but said the fire brigade team managed to respond to the occasion earlier enough to save some equipment from burning down completely.

“Hello Tweeps. This morning, the @MAAIF_Uganda stores in WANDEGEYA caught fire. Whereas we are yet to establish the cause of the fire, we thank @PoliceUg for the prompt response in swiftly bringing this under control @FrankTumwebazek @PS_MAAIF,” she tweeted. 

Meanwhile, the police have also responded to the incident. In a statement, the deputy police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire said the fire started at around 11 am in the morning. 

“The territorial Police at Wandegeya has today 3/04/2022 registered a fire outbreak at the Ministry of Agriculture stores located along Buganda Road,” Owoyesigire said.  

“The fire broke out at about 11am. Our fire prevention and rescue services responded at the scene on time and are currently dealing with the situation.”

In addition, he revealed that the immediate cause of the fire is still unknown. Owoyesigire however, raised fears that the fire might have culminated from a pile of litter that was being burnt on the side close to the stores.

He said the team from the police reacted earlier and so far two people have been detained to provide more evidence of the abrupt fire.

“Preliminary information gathered by the officers indicates that the storekeepers always burn rubbish every Sunday and it is suspected the wind could have blown the fire inside the store since the burning point is close to the stores.”

“Two people have been arrested to help with the investigation. The duo is identified as one Ajambo Jerry and Namusimbi Eunice both cleaners. Efforts to put out the fire completely are on. More details will be availed as soon as possible,” he added.