Sino Industrial Park Fire Started from Gas Cylinder Explosion-Preliminary Police Investigation

Preliminary investigations by the Police Fire and Rescue Department show that the fire that gutted Grace Foam Factory in Mbale Sino-Industrial Park on Tuesday evening started from a gas cylinder explosion. 

Rodgers Taitika, the Elgon Regional Spokesperson, says that police investigations show that the gas cylinder exploded triggering the massive fire outbreak at around 8 pm. He explains that the fire destroyed machines for producing mattresses and products that were ready for market. 

He, however, says that no person died apart from one factory worker who sustained minor injuries and is receiving treatment at Mbale regional referral hospital. Taitika revealed that police told URN Wednesday morning that the Police Fire and Rescue Department is doing its best to control the fire amidst the limited manpower.

On Tuesday evening, an employee of Grace Foam told URN that the fire started from a faulty machine that triggered sparks in the factory.  Bodhi Xu, the Administration Manager of Grace Form Factories, says that they have lost machinery and products worth Billions of Shillings. Asked what next, Xu said they will work out a plan after managing the fire. 

He noted that many workers have fallen victim to the impact of the fire that destroyed the entire factory. “Most people now have nowhere to work,” Xu told URN. Mbale Resident City Commissioner, Rex Achilla has advised the industrial park management to install a private fire fighting system to curb future incidents. 

The industrial park is home to eight factories that produce among others Soft care diapers, Energy Saving Lights, Dubemats, and electric cables.    

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