The number of pupils who died in a fire that gutted the dormitory at Kasaana Junior Primary School in Masaka City has risen to seven.
According to Jamaada Wandera , the Southern regional deputy police commander, two more victims have died at Kiruddu Hospital where they had
These have been named Arnold Tumwesigye, Martin Muganga, Hillary Walugembe, Jordan Ssendagire, and Austine Kisomosi.
, “Yesterday, we initially reported 12 pupils affected by the fire outbreak, with two fatalities. However, as of last evening and this morning, we received heartbreaking news that five more children have also succumbed to their injuries,”Wandera said
“As police, we will thoroughly investigate the fire to find its cause. The police headquarters’ technological experts are methodically studying the fire site, and we believe their results will help us write a comprehensive report, he added.
He advised school officials to follow Ministry of Education rules, such as avoiding building window bars and providing enough dormitory space, to prevent similar tragedies.
Our observation is that many schools are not following these rules. The ministry and law enforcement must work together to ensure school administrators follow these requirements since these students are our future leaders, he said.
The Kasaana Junior School dormitory in Nyendo-Mukungwe division, Masaka City, had 15 top and primary one students when it burned.
Police blamed a short circuit for the incident.
Masaka City Education Officer Steven Kakeeto said the school management could not release the remaining children.
Kakeeto said the city education department, security, and school management are managing the situation.
The incident is the second in the area after a fire destroyed Masaka Senior Secondary School in Masaka City’s girls’ dormitories and caused considerable property damage.