News / Africa

Fire a 'Constant Concern' in S. Sudan Hotels, Managers Say

South Sudan Hotel Fire

x
  • Smoke billows from the South Sudan Hotel in Juba and flames are visible under the roof after fire raked through the hotel on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
  • Flames crackle under the roof of the South Sudan Hotel in Juba.
  • South Sudan Hotel manager Mel Garang Yout surveys damage after fire ripped through the hotel on Oct. 2, 2013.
  • Black smoke from the fire at the South Sudan Hotel, which was gutted by flames on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, could be seen across Juba.
  • A worker helps to clear charred rubble from the South Sudan Hotel, which was heavily damaged by a fire on Oct. 2, 2013.

South Sudan Hotel Fire

TEXT SIZE - +
Mugume Davis Rwakaringi
— A week after fire tore through the South Sudan Hotel in Juba, Mel Garang Yout walked amid the rubble, surveying the damage and watching as salvage workers move burnt timber and charred rubble from the roof of the VIP section of the hotel.

The hotel suffered some 2.5 million South Sudanese pounds' worth of damage, not including guests' property, when fire ripped through it last Wednesday, said Yout.

But it didn't have to be this way, he said: the damage would have been far less extensive if the fire brigade were better equipped and had arrived within minutes of the first call going out, he told VOA News.

“They came after one hour or two hours... everything was damaged," Yout said.

"They are really very poor. They brought with them one car and that car didn’t have water. So we ran to go and look for the water tank to supply them," he said.

At another Juba hotel, the Quality Hotel, manager Yemane Binega said fire is a constant concern, partly because all hotels in Juba have to use generators for some of their power supply.

An electrical short circuit when the South Sudan Hotel switched from its generator to main power is believed to have been what triggered the fire there.

Binega said the Quality Hotel has invested in fire extinguishers and blankets. He recommended that business owners store fuel at a safe distance from open flames, such as in the kitchen, and other places where fire could break out.

New York Hotel manager Eyob Ghebrekristos said his establishment has spent more than 11,000 pounds on fire extinguishers. 

“We have fire extinguishers in our generator areas, in the kitchen, in the rooms where we accommodate guests and in the bar," he said.

The extinguishers are inspected annually by the fire brigade, Ghebrekristos said.

"They do come here. They renew the licences and they check the fire extinguishers," he said.

Central Equatoria State Fire Brigade director, Colonel John Domillian, declined to comment for this story, but in an earlier interview said the fire department responded immediately to the South Sudan Hotel fire.

He acknowledged his team is short on equipment and said they have asked the government for more.

You May Like

Wikipedia Proves Useful for Tracking Flu

Technique gave better results than Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Google’s Flu Trends More

Turkish Law Gives Spy Agency Controversial Powers

Parliament approves legislation to bolster powers of intelligence service, which government claims is necessary to modernize and deal with new threats Turkey faces More

Video Face of American Farmer Changing

Average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Face of American Farmer is Changingi
X
Mike Osborne
April 18, 2014
The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.
Video

Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.
Video

Video New Earth-Size Planet Found

Not too big, not too small. Not too hot, not too cold. A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Video

Video Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt

Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky visited a Coptic church outside Washington DC.
Video

Video Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military's Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government, VOA’s Brian Padden reports the leadership of the armed forces continues to support the president, at least for now.
Video

Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
AppleAndroid