Fire kills four children

Residents of Luwonvu village in Ssekanyonyi Sub-county, Mubende District, are grieving the death of four children, who perished in a fire on Tuesday night.

The fire, which gutted the house in which the children were sleeping, killed Rehana Kizza Nyamweza, 6, Wasswa Kwesiga, 7, Judith Mutoni, 3, and Florence Babirye, 2.

According to police, the four children had been living with their grandmother, Sofia Mukakigyeri.
It is suspected that the fire was started by a kerosene lamp that Ms Mukakigyeri, who had gone to the shops, left to light the house in which the four were sleeping.

Eye witnesses said a fireball engulfed the entire house, destroying all the property in it.
However, residents suspect that Ms Mukakigyeri had been cooking inside the house which must have caused the fire.

Mr Geoffrey Ntungi, the father of Rehana Kizza and Wasswa, was alerted but could not do much as he reached the scene after the fire had razed the house.

Too late
The Mityana District Police Commander, Mr Henry Kintu, led a team of police officers who rushed to the scene but could not save the children.
“We reached the scene when the damage had already been done. We could not save the lives of the children. We only managed to put out the fire,” he said.

However, police said they could not rule out an arson attack and investigations had been launched to ascertain the cause of the Tuesday night fire.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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