Two fuel tankers on Sunday morning caught fire near Busesa Health Centre IV, in Iganga, interrupting road transport along the busy highway that leads to the Uganda-Kenya border at Malaba.
The cause of the fire is yet to be established although there are unconfirmed reports that the parked trucks caught fire when some people tried to siphon fuel from them. It is feared that some people could have lost their lives. Three people were severely injured in the inferno.
A fire brigade truck from Iganga was driven to the scene but it had little water and therefore could not put out the fire. Later other fire trucks were sent from jinja and the fire was put out.
Busesa is located 12 km after Iganga town on the Iganga-Bugiri-Tororo highway.
It is not the first time a fuel tank has caught fire in the small town, leading to fatalities.
In 2002, more than 50 people perished in a fire at Busesa after they tried to siphon fuel from a tanker that had overturned.