In the early hours of Tuesday, October 25, 11 children died after a fire broke out at a school for visually impaired children in Uganda.
The police said they are still investigating the source of the fire at the boarding school after it killed 11 girls, ages four to 13.
Shortly after midnight Monday in a girl’s dormitory that was occupied by 17 children, the fire at the Salama School for the Blind in Uganda’s central Mukono district broke out.
Luke Owoyesigire, the Kampala deputy police spokesman said police have positioned a forensics team that will carry out DNA tests before the bodies of the dead children are given to their family members.
“The cause of the fire is currently unknown. But so far, eleven deaths as a result of the fire have been confirmed. While six are in critical condition.”
70 visually impaired children are said to be registered under the Salam School for the Blind, in the town of Kisoga.
The town’s mayor, Hudson Kiyaga, told VOA the fire at the isolated school has thrown members of the neighboring community in dismay.
According to Kiyaga, the school’s power switch is in the matron’s room, but she did not know what ignited the fire. The matron managed to escape the fire but was unable to save any students.
The school board member, Charles Nkuse, said the school headmaster called him at 12:15 a.m. to inform him the school was on fire and children had died.
The ugly incident happened just a few days before a planned visit by Britain’s Princess Anne and Uganda’s first lady, Janet Museveni.
“We expect to get the first lady, the daughter of the late Queen, Princess Anne, and the husband. They were to be with us on Friday, but I really don’t know what will take place,”. “But, we are still in terrible condition because, I think, the police are bringing back the dead bodies from Mulago and the parents are.
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