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Children among 11 killed in fire at school for the blind

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Children among 11 killed in fire at school for the blind
Children among 11 killed in fire at school for the blind
Children among 11 killed in fire at school for the blind

epa10264731 Police forensic experts investigate the scene of a fire at Salama School for the Blind in Mukono District, Uganda, 25 October 2022. Police say at least eleven people died including students after a fire broke out in the middle of the night. Six others were taken to hospital in critical condition. EPA/ISAAC KASAMANI
The fire ripped through a school building killing children (Picture: EPA)

Eleven people including children have been killed after a fire ripped through a boarding school in Uganda.

Police officials said the blaze broke out overnight in the district of Mukono, a rural community just outside the capital, Kampala.

Six other people were rushed to hospital in a critical condition, but the cause of the fire at the Salama School for the Blind is not yet known.

Top Mukono official, Fatuma Ndisaba, told local media the victims included children aged between seven and 10.

With the support of families, the victims will be identified through DNA investigations, she added.

Fires at schools are a cause of concern in the East African country where classrooms and dormitories are often crowded.

epa10264729 Police forensic experts investigate the scene of a fire at Salama School for the Blind in Mukono District, Uganda, 25 October 2022. Police say at least eleven people died including students after a fire broke out in the middle of the night. Six others were taken to hospital in critical condition. EPA/ISAAC KASAMANI
Police forensic experts are now investigating the cause of the fire (Picture: EPA)
A blind woman walks with a cane in front of the burnt dormitory at Salama school for the blind in Luga, Uganda, on October 25, 2022. - Eleven people, mostly children, have perished in a blaze that tore through a dormitory at a school for the blind in Uganda in the early hours of Tuesday as pupils were sleeping. (Photo by BADRU KATUMBA / AFP) (Photo by BADRU KATUMBA/AFP via Getty Images)
Six people are fighting for their lives in hospital (Picture: AFP)

There is usually no firefighting equipment available, and poor electrical connections are often blamed.

Two dormitories at a separate school in Kampala were destroyed in fires in 2020, but no one was hurt.

In 2008, 19 elementary school students were killed in a fire at another boarding school.

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