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Fire guts down world heritage site in Uganda

English.news.cn   2010-03-17 07:20:48 FeedbackPrintRSS

KAMPALA, March 16 (Xinhua) -- Fire broke out on Tuesday night at a 126-year-old royal burial ground, Kasubi Tombs, enlisted for the World Heritage Site, leaving the main structure almost burned down.

Judith Nabakooba, the police spokesperson confirmed to Xinhua by telephone that the fire which gutted down the tombs where four Kabakas or Kings of the once most powerful Kingdom in the East African region, Buganda Kingdom, were buried, started at 8:40 P.M. (1740 GMT).

File photo taken on June 19, 2008 shows the Kasubi Tombs in the suburbs of Kampala, capital of Uganda. Uganda's most well-known historical site, Kasubi Tombs, caught fire on March 16, 2010, leaving the main structure of the country's World Heritage Site mostly burnt down. (Xinhua/Zhu Xiaoguang)
File photo taken on June 19, 2008 shows the Kasubi Tombs in the suburbs of Kampala, capital of Uganda. Uganda's most well-known historical site, Kasubi Tombs, caught fire on March 16, 2010, leaving the main structure of the country's World Heritage Site mostly burnt down. (Xinhua/Zhu Xiaoguang)

She said the cause of the fire is still unknown as the crowd there is rowdy and did not allow the police to access the place.

"You can not establish the cause of the fire now because the people there are throwing stones at our officers. One of our policemen has been admitted at Mulago Hospital," she said.

"Immediately they saw our fire attendants, they started pelting stones at them," she added.

File photo taken on June 19, 2008 shows the entrance of the Kasubi Tombs in the suburbs of Kampala, capital of Uganda. Uganda's most well-known historical site, Kasubi Tombs, caught fire on March 16, 2010, leaving the main structure of the country's World Heritage Site mostly burnt down. (Xinhua/Zhu Xiaoguang)
File photo taken on June 19, 2008 shows the entrance of the Kasubi Tombs in the suburbs of Kampala, capital of Uganda. Uganda's most well-known historical site, Kasubi Tombs, caught fire on March 16, 2010, leaving the main structure of the country's World Heritage Site mostly burnt down. (Xinhua/Zhu Xiaoguang)

Located on a hill in Uganda's capital Kampala, Kasubi Tombs, a former palace of the Kings of Buganda, was built in 1882 and converted into the royal burial ground in 1884.

The tombs laid within the main building, a 10 meter tall, 15 meter in diameter thatched hut made of wood, reed, wattle and daub.

The tombs were a tourist attraction as well as an important spiritual and political site for the Baganda, one of Uganda's largest ethnic group.

It was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2001.

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