By Hasson Mutunzi Bwambale
Fire today afternoon broke out in the Hima Cement Factory in Kasese District.
An eyewitness who was inside the factory by the time the incident happened told our reporter that the regrettable incident happened at around midday.
According to the insider, fire sparked from the Fuel tanks located near Line II area within the factory.
It was established that yet unidentified factory workers were doing some fabrication work near the fuel tank. The person who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press could not easily tell if the workers were working on the fuel tank.
He could not tell how many people had been injured and died during the incident. He, however, added that the tank stores fuel that is used to burn the pozzalana used in making cement. He could not estimate the liters of fuel the tank was storing by the time the incident happened.
He explained that he heard something strange banging and sounding like a blast. After a few minutes, he saw smoke coming out and immediately an alarm was heard ringing and everyone was seen scampering for their dear lives.
At the gate, they were denied to come out but later a directive was issued and the gate keeper allowed the workers to walk out of the factory and gathered along Kasese-Fort portal Highway.
Hima Cement Factory Fire Bridge Unit was seen busy trying to put off the fire flames as black smoke was coming out.