9 children killed in Uganda school fire tragedy, police say

Blanche Robertson
November 14, 2018

Rakai district, are in tears, after over ten of their students were confirmed dead and several injured in a fire that gutted one of the dormitories.

"The arsonists first locked the doors of the dormitories before setting them on fire even when the rescue came it was hard to evacuate the students inside the dormitories, some would have been saved but died out of suffocation", Nsubuga said.

The fire gutted a dormitory that housed at least 50 senior three students.

Police used DNA to identify remains.

Officials have said the dormitory's doors were padlocked, trapping dozens inside.

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Henry Nsubuga, the school's headmaster, described the fire as a "heinous act". Security personnel, Onyango said, suspect the fire was started deliberately by a group of students who had been expelled days earlier from the same school over indiscipline.

Gerald Karasira, a local councillor, said people living nearby desperately tried to put the fire out using sand, water and bricks but rescue efforts were complicated by the locked doors and heavy smoke inside the property.

An inferno at a prestigious primary school near the capital Kampala in April 2008 left at least 21 dead and the cause of the fire has never been conclusively established.

A wave of school fires followed shortly after that, but they have been fewer in recent years, our correspondent adds.

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