UGANDA, Jinja | Real Muloodi News | A devastating fire broke out on Tuesday morning at the Keshwala Group of Companies, a well-known factory in Masese, Jinja South Division.
The factory is owned by Keshwala, a popular businessman in Jinja City, and it manufactures household items, transports imported goods, and exports industrial products, among others.
According to Mr Ashadi Baguma, the Masese II Village defence secretary, the fire started at around 4 am, and its cause is still unknown.
It gutted three buildings, including the administration block, store, and the section responsible for making polythene bags, candles, and motor vehicle spare parts.
Some items that were destroyed in the fire include assorted brands of alcoholic drinks, candles, and polyethene, among others.
Fortunately, the police fire brigade arrived at the scene in time and managed to contain the fire from spreading to other buildings.
Mr James Mubi, the Kiira Region Police Spokesperson, revealed that no one was injured in the fire.
While the cause of the fire is still unknown, the police will investigate to determine what happened and will communicate their findings.
“It is also too early to speculate the cause of the fire, but at an appropriate time we will communicate our findings after investigations,” Mr Mubi said.
The fire caused significant losses to the Keshwala Group of Companies, and the businessman is devastated.
Mr Baguma expressed his concerns, stating that the youth who worked at the factory would become jobless, which would be a problem for the community.
He hoped other factories in the area would consider employing the affected workers.
“I am really worried because our youth who have been working here are going to be jobless and become a problem in the community. I wish other factories in the area could employ them,” said Mr Baguma.
The company’s management did not release an official statement regarding the incident. It remains unclear what measures the company will take to recover from the devastating fire.
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