11 children killed in Uganda school fire, says police

Kampala, Uganda: Eleven children were killed on Tuesday in a school fire outbreak in the central Ugandan district of Mukono, police said.

A police statement issued here said the tragic incident occurred at Salama School of the Blind at about 1 am local time, reports news agency Xinhua.

“The cause of the fire is currently unknown but so far 11 deaths as a result of the fire have been confirmed while six are in critical conditions and admitted at Herona Hospital in Kisoga,” the statement said.

Fire incidents at schools have been a cause of concern for education officials in the East African country.

Two dormitories at a prominent boarding school in Kampala were destroyed in separate incidents in 2020. No one was hurt.

In 2008, 19 students were killed in a nighttime fire outbreak at a boarding school for grade schoolers near Kampala in 2008.

More details about recent incident are awaited

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