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Fire at Beijing Juba Hotel destroys over 60 rooms


By John Agou Wuoi

February 18, 2009 (JUBA) — More than 60 rooms and property of unknown value were destroyed by fire at Beijing Juba Hotel in Juba Southern Sudan on Wednesday. No casualties were reported.

Firefighters are trying to quell the infernos from the roof of the burning hotel, Feb 18, 2009 (photo J. Agou Wuoi)

It was not immediately established what caused the fire but unidentified Beijing Juba Hotel staff said the fire which started at around 3 pm Sudan local time may have started in one of the rooms before spreading to other rooms. Unconfirmed reports also say the fire may have started as a result of an electrical fault. The manager of Beijing Juba Hotel was not immediately available to comment on the fire incident. Senior hotel staff (mainly Chinese) also declined to talk to the media.

The Director of Southern Sudan Fire Brigade, Lt. Gen Aru Maan Chot who was at the scene of fire told reporters that the cause of fire has not immediately been established but said investigations are underway. “I cannot tell you for certain what caused the fire but I can confirm that we will launched investigations as soon as we have put off the fire”, he said.

The firefighting team arrived at the scene an hour after the fire had started. Maj.Gen Maan blamed the slow response to the Beijing Juba Hotel fire on lack of firefighting equipment and resources all over Southern Sudan. “The Southern Sudan Firefighting Brigade has only two trucks which were donated to us by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army”, he added. Maj.Gen Maan said his firefighting department also lacks trained personnel to fight fire related incidents in Southern Sudan. The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) also sent two water tankers to reinforce efforts by the Southern Sudan Fire Brigade to put out the fire. The Southern Sudan Fire Brigade two trucks had earlier run out of water.

Some analysts argue that the fire took too long to put out because the building materials used to build the hotel are highly flammable. Many hotels and restaurants in Southern Sudan were built using pre-fabricated building materials. Some of the hotels owners have allegedly defied the Government of Southern Sudan directives stopping the construction of hotels using pre-fabricated materials.

Many of the hotels particularly in Juba, have not complied with fire-safety requirements because they lack advanced smoke or fire detectors as well as firefighting equipment and well-trained staff to handle fire outbreaks.

Beijing Juba Hotel, a Chinese-owned hotel is one of the best and expensive hotels located at the heart of Juba town next to the Southern Sudan Radio and Broadcasting Corporation. The hotel also hosts the Chinese Consulate in Southern Sudan.


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  • 19 February 2009 07:54, by Nelson Turdit

    Let,s that Bejing burn down, Chainese used to build carton building as Hotel in Juba to get quick money and go back to their country, what kind of investment in the Hotel industries is that? God,s will purnish them for looting properties of these poor South Sudanese. may almighty God,s bless people of South Sudan!

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    • 20 February 2009 10:54, by francis mike

      Dear brothers

      I think you have not understands how the spirt of God work,God cann’t work with people who laughed at others people when they are in problem you should not be excited when you heard that,it seem to be chinese hotel but they are not the one, who are benefiting from it, but some sudanese had been empolyed there,therefore they have lost their job and you are happy does it make sence to you now

      pliz don’t represent such things to God he cann’t answer you.if you are a man of God you have to quote the saying which goes like this "love your enemy and forgive them and you shall inherted the kingdom of heaven"I’m against your ideas but to adviced you on that small mistake you have made otherwise thanks to all of you..

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  • 19 February 2009 08:17, by william wol

    Yes, yes indeed, this will be a lession to The GOSS,because it is stipulated in proverb that the enemy of your enemy is your ally, so then, there should be no point of allowing chinees to operates in south sudan before knowing their objectives of business.GOSS should makes sure that civil war is over and cold is intestifying tirely, therefore no need of welcoming an allies of our enemy at all, otherwise this underdeveloping region of southern sudan will remain undevelop.

    Lastly, GOSS has a duty to equips ever instution with ever requirements needed either being for defence or whatever matter.

    May God bless all those who have lost their properties.

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    • 19 February 2009 09:04, by 13012 Shepherd

      Yes I do agree with you Nelson.

      Look at how vulnerable our government is. No body knows wether they (Beijing Hotel owners )had a secret deal with the Khartoum terrorist government in the name Beijing hotel. No body knows

      Lets the remaining rooms burn to ashes.

      “A friend of your enemy is your enemy”

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      • 20 February 2009 10:04, by Concerned African

        Dears, i also di approve the building of pre-fabricated buildings for many reasons let alone the fire which just broke at beijing hotel.

        I also urge the government to look into this matter seriously, but i need us not to be too judgemental and especially on national newspaper which is read world wide thanks to the world wide web, like accusing that the chinese maybe allies of our enemies is not a correct thing to do, it maybe true it may not we can not proove that, in cases of tragedies let us try to solve the problem and learn from it, we can not deny the input the chinese have put in reconstruction of this country as well as creating employment for our people, we have good relation with the chinese Government and we can not say we will not need them in the future for the betterment of the New Sudan. please stop direct allegations on matters that we can not proove.

        Long live Southern Sudan, long live the people, long live our leaders.

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  • 19 February 2009 09:55, by Joseph

    The cost of the fire was electricity, the side that was burn has no AC for several days and the technician who knows electricity has gone to china then they brought some one who has no experience on electricity.

    Beijing Juba Hotel does not belong to those enemies or terrorist, but Chinese are bad people, they cooperate when they are getting something.
    GOSS should warn all Hotels and private sector to build a permanent building not pre-fabricate materials like one of Beijing Juba Hotel and also make a fix price for hotels and private sector because Juba is the most expensive city.

    J Duol

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    • 19 February 2009 15:47, by Nyaku

      Hi GOSS,
      All investors in that city of Juba must be forced by law as part of agreement to make delopments like roads,water connections and cleanliness on top of the tax if at all they pay tax. including the small scale interpriese so long they transport money back to their countries.


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  • 19 February 2009 13:24, by postmortem

    When I see petty traders claiming to be international investors put chattels to scoop millions of dollars and repatriate to their counties, I am put into coma.

    Beijing Hotel fire incidence should serve a stern warning on government officials. Thank God non was a casualty of the fire. Had some of them been inside those chattels at Beijing, they would have been safer in a cold like any street child in Southern Sudan.

    The Investment Law is out if my informant is correct. All that I wait is one day that a decree is issued for demolition of preferps in Southern Sudan.

    We enjoy seeing ivory towers in South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda name them, not all belong to Government. Some are privately owned and when we get to those countries, we behave like tourist. We have the money to build but unfortunately, we can see the money inland cruisers and hammers. Where are we leading this nation?

    The government should equip the Fire Brigade otherwise we may not be able to counter fire breakups or terrorist activities that are always connected with fire. Let alone the difficulties of town planning especially roads which are always difficult to pass in response to emergences. Chinese have the money they will bring more cartons to rebuild their burnt cartons.

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    • 20 February 2009 02:42, by Magos

      Sorry, sorry sorry for that incident’

      I just want to give you piece of advies GOSS. It ’s sound very bad when I heard that during Fire at Beijing Juba Hotel there were no firefighters in Capital city of Southern Sudan.Shame on you our GOSS ,Why ’re you let us down and you have a lot of money in government banks,Have you n’t heard what happened in Australia this month, the fire lose life of 200 people however you have to think twic, My advice you have to buying a more firefighters to every state in Southern Sudan.


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