Mbale police is investigating circumstances under which 16 shops majority of spare parts gutted fire in Mbale Garage located in St Andrews cell, St. Andrews ward, industrial city division-Mbale City.
The fire that is reported to have started at about 3am last night has left many businessmen counting losses.
It is suspected to have started from one of the restaurants and it crossed to Mechanical Vehicle Spare parts shops up to the welding shops.
The police intervened with their fire fighting team and the fire was contained. A total of 16 stalls that were burnt include 04 welding shops , 09 Mechanical Vehicle spare parts, furniture shops, restaurants among others.
A business man who preferred anonymity said the suspected cause of the fire was a charcoal stove left in one of the restaurants.
The Elgon Region police Spokesperson Mr. Rogers Taitika has appealed to the public to desist from leaving burning items on to avoid such incidents