Crime & Investigation

Park Yard Fire: 1 Injured As Vendors Battle Security Forces

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Violence broke out when heartbroken traders who lost their merchandise in the inferno started pelting stones at fire fighters, with many accusing the Police Fire Brigade of falling short in putting out the fire.

Police maintains the fire could not be quickly contained due to wooden materials used in the construction of the market.

Facing a hailstorm of stones, Police responded by firing teargas and bullets in the air to disperse the enraged vendors.

At the scene of the deadly skirmish, Chimp Corp, Kenneth Kazibwe, says a woman has been injured and another fainted in the scuffle.


“Police has cut off all access to the buildings along Nakivubo and are now engaged in a running battle with vendors,” Kazibwe reports.

Other details show that the traders are arriving in huge numbers with the hope of saving the remains of what used to be their business.

“The whole market has been gutted down by fire. Property worth millions of cash has been destroyed,” added Kazibwe.

The fire that started at around 4:20am in the morning has left many shocked, disappointed and devastated.

Police and military personnel have beefed up security in the market to restore sanity.

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