Firefighters were Sunday morning called to put out some fierce flames after a vehicle caught fire along the Kampala Northern by-pass.
Eyewitnesses said the Com Foam-owned truck registration number UAP 943P burst into flames at around 8:00am about two kilometers from the Namboole underpass.
The driver of the truck which was carrying mattresses escaped unhurt.
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The vehicle was left badly damaged.
Large plumes of smoke billowed into the sky as shocked passersby gathered to have a glimpse of the incident.
Boda Boda cyclists used their smartphones to record videos of the fire.
“The driver of the car saw flames in the car bonnet before parking on the roadside to check what was going wrong,” said Musa, a boda boda rider who witnessed the accident.
“The driver parked on the roadside. Minutes later, we heard an explosion. The driver had enough time to run away.”
Police rushed to the scene to commence investigations into the cause of the fire.
Researchers say the leading causes of vehicle fires are mechanical failures or malfunctions and electrical failures or malfunctions.
Older vehicles account for three-quarters of the highway vehicle fires caused by mechanical or electrical failures or malfunctions.
Fire doubles itself every minute in a mattress fire.