Rukungiri house fire burns 44 year old man beyond recognition


RUKUNGIRI– The Police in Rukungiri District have started investigations to establish the root cause of fire outbreak that left a 44 year old man dead.

The deceased has been identified as Arinaitwe Eric a resident of Nyamitooma II village in Western ward, Bikurungu town council in Rukungiri district.

Information obtained by this reporter indicates that Arinaitwe was staying in his father’s boys quarter and neither had a wife or children.

According to his relative Mwesigwa Apollo, he learnt of the tragedy on Wednesday at around 4:00am after hearing goats making noise forcing him to get up thinking that they were thieves but unfortunately found fire already gutted the house where the deceased used to stay.

Mwesigwa made an alarm and residents responded immediately although their struggle could only rescue the goats that were next to the deceased’s house.

The area Village chairperson Mr. Barigye Cliff narrated that it’s not in order for a person to stay alone in house stressing that the deceased would have atleast skipped death if he stayed with someone who would awake him before the fire finished his residence.

The Chairman added that the deceased had mental illnesses since he used to make fire at night in guise of getting warmth which residents suspect to have been the cause of the inferno.

The Rukungiri Central Police team led by the O.C station ASP Edwin Atukunda who is also the acting District Police Commander DPC visited the scene and retrieved parts of the deceased’s body.

ASP. Atukunda encouraged people to be vigilant during this dry season since fire easily guts and spreads to wider areas quickly. He advised them to always confirm that all the fire in their kitchens is thoroughly put off before they go to sleep.

Atukunda also urged the public to adhere to COVID-19 prevention guidelines especially at burials revealing that the virus is spreading at high rate.