BY BANKERS REPORTER
At least 13 people were severely injured at Vivo Energy depot along seventh street in Kampala when a loud explosion went off.
An account from Police about the incident shows indicates that a spark in on of fuel trucks which was parked in the loading bay caused a fire.
Other sources within the company said they had received a bomb threat.
“The bomb scare was dealt with by authorities, although a few tiny fragments were left behind. When we resumed work, the trucks went to the bay for loading and the next thing we heard was an explosion,” a source is quoted as having said by the New Vision.
The victims, 11 from Vivo energy and one street vendor, were evacuated and taken to International Hospital Kampala (IHK) where they are still getting medical care, as confirmed by Vivo Energy management.
“We have contacted all these individuals’ families and will be remaining in close contact with all the admitted to monitor their condition and ensure they are receiving the very best treatment and medical attention,” Vivo said in a statement.
“We are working closely with the relevant authorities to investigate the cause of the incident.”
Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said the fire was controlled promptly.
“The fire was put out fast by the Vivo Energy team and Police Fire Prevention and Rescue Services. Cause of the fire is still unknown. So far, five people who are injured have been identified by our investigating teams,” he said