The fire that destroyed small grass-thatched restaurants and kiosks is said to have started at around 8:00pm on Monday night.
Until now, the cause of the fire is still unclear although many suspect it could be a cooking stove in one of the restaurants.
Apparently, the fire broke out after most of the owners affected had locked up and gone home. This made all efforts to save any property difficult. In total, three grass-thatched restaurants were destroyed along with three kiosks.
According to Swadik Ibrahim Olugo, a Red Cross focal person in Yumbe, some property didn’t get destroyed by the fire. He said thugs stole some other property during the process of rescue.
Olugo said the affected are currently vulnerable and need emergency interventions as most lost all their capital and assets.
“We are calling for humanitarian workers to come to the rescue of those affected because they are totally in need,” he said.
Some of the affected people said life is going to become difficult for them as their only source of income has been destroyed.
Ratib Shaban Ondoga, the LC III chairman, revealed that this is the fourth time fire gutted business in the town in the past five years.
He said most of these fires start from grass-thatched houses and spread. He therefore cautioned residents to desist from investing in such structures.
By press time, police had cordoned off the scene, kicking off investigations to establish the possible cause of the fire.
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