Easter Equatoria State, News

Market fire outbreak claims one, destroys businesses

By Ijoo Bosco


A fire outbreak at Kapoeta South County main market, Eastern Equatoria State, resulted in losses for traders and tragic death of a 17-year-old boy.

Eight shops were destroyed in a blaze at midnight on Saturday, which claimed the life of Simon Vitau.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to Assistant Inspector of Civil Defense Service Directorate, Captain Salah John Lou.

“Sadly, four individuals were sleeping inside one of the shops, while three managed to escape, the 17-year-old boy was found unconscious and later succumbed to his injuries” Captain Salah explained.

Authorities said they were alerted to the incident around midnight and found the fire already engulfing multiple shops upon arrival.

Captain Salah expressed concern about recurring negligence regarding electrical safety in Kapoeta markets, despite ongoing awareness campaigns.

“We consistently emphasize the importance of proper electrical management to both residents and business owners,” he said. “Unfortunately, the Kapoeta market exhibits numerous safety violations, putting people and property at risk.”

The Civil Defense Service urges the community to prioritize fire safety measures, including proper electrical wiring, readily available fire extinguishers, and clear escape routes.

Civil Defense Service authorities assured their commitment to investigating the cause of this incident and collaborate with local authorities to prevent future tragedies.


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