A fire broke out at the Ecobank building in Kigali, Rwanda, causing panic among occupants as the flames spread to the upper floors. The incident occurred in the late afternoon on Tuesday.
One of the bank employees, who wished to remain anonymous, described the terrifying moment when the fire alarm went off, indicating a significant fire outbreak. The individual stated, “I was on the 8th floor when the alarms started blaring. I looked out and saw a massive fire, and I quickly rushed to evacuate. We are not entirely sure which floor it started on, but it seems to be on the 8th or 9th floor, near Makuza’s office on that level.”
Another bank employee who also chose not to disclose their name reported a similar experience. “I was on the 8th floor when the alarms started blaring. I looked out and saw a massive fire, and I quickly rushed to evacuate. We are not entirely sure which floor it started on, but we suspect it could be on the 8th or 9th floor, near the Makuza’s office.”
As of now, it remains uncertain whether there were any casualties. However, as we reported this news, the Rwandan National Police, along with other security agencies and the Nyarugenge District Administrator, had initiated efforts to extinguish the fire and ensure the safety of all occupants.
Amid the crisis, many individuals rushed to save their personal belongings, including phones, laptops, and work-related items, with the uncertainty of the extent of the damage caused by the fire, particularly for those who rely on the building for their livelihood.