The Directorate of Fire and Safety in the Uganda Police Force has come out to say that they have registered over 30 cases of fire since the beginning of the year, chimp corps report.
According to the police report, the cases happened between January to February 22nd and registered in 13 regions across the country.
Police authorities say that the cases include both arson and accidental fires.
From the statistics obtained by this website, the fires have claimed 15 lives, severely injured 12 people and destroyed property in all cases.
Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said that out of the over 30 cases, 9 cases were arson and 11 suspects have since been arrested pending to be arraigned in courts of law.
In a press briefing on Monday, Mr. Enanga said that the latest case happened on Sunday evening in Sembabule district where fire gutted a boy’s dormitory of Sembabule Primary School, destroying all the property of students.
Sighting a rise in the fire cases, Mr Enanga revealed that all territorial police commanders have been urged to reinforce the recently issued 16 fire safety guidelines in all schools to avoid fatalities in case of fire accidents.
He also urged school inspectors to prioritize fire safety measures in schools in order to curb more deadly fire accidents.
The law enforcement body also cautioned school pupils and students to abide by school rules and regulations regarding fire safety.