Fire guts Royal Foam warehouse, destroys mattresses

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The scene of the incident

Fire has Friday gutted Royal Foam Industries located in Kyambogo, outside Kampala.

According to police, the fire that started around 5pm was successfully extinguished with no death registered.

Investigations are on-going to find out the cause of the fire.

Royal Foam belongs to Megha Industries Limited, a mattress manufacturing firm.

The company’s chief executive officer, Shiraz Meghani, said the fire burnt down a warehouse used to store mattresses but no one was hurt.

According to Mukesh Patel, one of the proprietors, the fire was caused by an electric short circuit.

He said they had contracted a steel fabricator to repair some metallic sections.

Last Saturday, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga visited Megha Industries Ltd, a conglomeration of companies in Uganda.

Megha makes foam mattress, spring-rebonded mattresses and furniture upholstery under its household brand name Royal Foam.

Meghani thanked the Speaker for her support and asked government to ensure that industries benefiting from tax holidays do not have an unfair advantage over the already existing one.

He added that the government favours foreign investors at the expense of the local manufacturers.

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