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Police cautions on fire safety measures as fire guts Muhima shops

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has called upon property owners to take precaution against fire in their buildings and to insure that their businesses are safe from fire outbreak.

The call was made by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Jean Baptiste Seminega, the Commanding Officer of Fire and Rescue Brigade in RNP.

This was after one commercial building and eight shops were gutted in a blaze in Nyarugenge District in the wee hours of Wednesday.

Police said goods yet to be valued include stationary, motor-vehicle spare parts and food stuffs are among the property destroyed in the fire before the blaze was brought under control by the RNP firefighters.

ACP Seminega said that no anyone was injured in the fire.

“The fire is still under investigation. The cause has not been determined.” he said

He, however, said that most fire outbreaks can be avoided if basic safety precautions are observed.

“The public should never take fire safety measures lightly since the consequence are always fatal and heavy loses,” he said.

He advised that owners of buildings should acquire and install firefighting gadgets and fire warning devices as well as quality and standard electric installations that can accommodate electric machines used.

He called for timely information with the police fire department through 24/7 phone contacts 111 and 0788311120, for immediate response.

Police records indicate that last year, 35 cases of fire outbreaks that claimed at least five lives.

Since the beginning of this year, ten fire incidents have been recorded, through which one person succumbed to fire burns.


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