February 29, 2024

Four children dead in Kawempe school fire

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KAMPALA

Deputy Police Spokesperson, Kampala Metropolitan Luke Owoyesigyire has confirmed that they are investigating a fire outbreak at New Crest Junior at Kibedi Day and Boarding Primary School in Kawempe Division Kampala City, where four children have been confirmed dead.

It is alleged that the fire started at around 3am today from one of the female pupils’ dormitories. Four female pupils have been confirmed dead while three are seriously injured.

The injured were evacuated to Kyadondo Hospital located in Kisowera Zone Kawempe I Ward in Kawempe Division, and are being treated there accordingly.

“It should, however, be noted that the school locally managed the fire outbreak and did not bring it to the attention of the nearest police at Kawempe. This is an act of gross negligence that caused the death and injuries of the pupils,” said Owoyesigyire.

“A case file of causing death has been opened at Kawempe police station. Our forensic team of experts from the Directorate of Fire and from the Forensics are documenting the scene. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased pupils.”

SOURCE: THE INDEPENDENT

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