11 children killed in fire at Uganda school for the blind

At least 11 people, mostly children, have died in a blaze that tore through a dormitory at a school for the blind in eastern Uganda as pupils were sleeping, officials said.

The disaster occurred at about 1am on Tuesday (22:00 GMT Monday) at the Salama School for the Blind in Mukono district’s Luga village, east of the capital, Kampala

“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 conditions and admitted [to hospital],” the Uganda Police Force said on Twitter.

Police added that an investigation had been launched and more details would be released later

“Most of the dead are children at the school and our sympathies go to the parents,” internal affairs minister General Kahinda Otafiire told AFP news agency.

He said the school has been cordoned off as a “crime scene” and promised accountability.

“As government, we shall go to the root cause of the fire and if there are any culprits they will be apprehended and the law will take its course,” he added.

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