By Our Reporter
Police are investigating circumstances under which 11 died and 6 admitted at Herona Hospital, Kisoga in critical condition after fire gutted a dormitory at the Salama School for the blind in Mukono.
According to Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, the fire outbreak happened at 1am at Salama school for the blind in Luga Village, Ntanzi parish , Ntejeru Kisoga town council in Mukono district .
“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 condition and admitted at Herona Hospital in Kisoga,” Owoyesigyire said in a brief statement.
This incident comes at a time when cases of school fires had greatly reduced around the country.
According to the Uganda Police 2021 Annual Crime Report, a total of 1,258 fire emergencies were handled in 2021 compared to 1,015 in 2020, marking a 23.9% increase.
These fire incidents were mainly attributed to negligence, electrical short circuits, charcoal stoves, and unattended candles among others.
A recent police report indicated that most school fires are set deliberately by persons with ill motives.