Terrible news landing on our desk indicates that one of the Link Bus Service Company coaches last night caught fire in Wakaliga-Nateete, an incident that comes a few days after the same company’s bus killed over 20 passengers in a Fortportal deadly accident.
According to reports, a Kampala-bound Scania bus registration number, UBD 269 that was returning from Kasese, caught fire at around 10.00pm.
Luke Owoyesigyire, the deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, confirmed this and said, “Our fire prevention and rescue services officers responded on time, fortunately, the fire had been extinguished by other first responders using a nearby fire extinguisher, water, and sand.”
Owoyesigyire further clarified that all the passengers escaped unhurt and no properties were lost.
“Preliminary police investigations attribute the fire to a short circuit in one of the headlamps,” added Luke.
He however faults this bus company for operating without risk management equipment saying that the bus that caught fire yesterday didn’t have fire extinguishers on board.
“Our officers from the fire prevention and rescue services have noted that the bus had no fire extinguisher of its own. We advise all bus operators to have the fire extinguishers in place in case of a fire emergency,” Owoyesigyire noted.