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Tragic Fire in Kisubi Claims Lives of Six Children

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  • “Initial observations suggest that the fire may have started from an unattended electronic kettle connected to a socket in the sitting room,”.
  • The charred bodies of the children were recovered and taken to Mulago mortuary for postmortem examination after firefighters from the Entebbe police division managed to put out the blaze.

Six children, aged between two and 16 years, tragically died in a fire at Mulanda B, Kisubi parish, Kajjansi town council, in Wakiso district. The fire, which broke out early Wednesday morning in the home of Bakita Ayang, a South Sudanese national, has an unknown cause.

Local residents alerted the Kisubi police station, but it took approximately two hours to mobilize the fire brigade. By the time the fire was extinguished, the six children had already perished. Two adult women were rescued and are currently receiving treatment at Kisubi hospital.

Luke Owoyesigyire, deputy spokesperson for the Kampala metropolitan police, stated that despite the community’s efforts to save the children, the fire spread too quickly, leaving no chance to rescue them.

“A tragic fire outbreak occurred in Mulanda B, Kisubi, resulting in the loss of six young lives,” Owoyesigyire explained. “Around 1 am, police received a distress call from a community member. The fire had engulfed Bakita Ayang’s residence, trapping six children inside. Despite efforts by community members, the children, aged between 2 and 16, succumbed to the fire.”

The charred bodies of the children were recovered and taken to Mulago mortuary for postmortem examination after firefighters from the Entebbe police division managed to put out the blaze.

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“Initial observations suggest that the fire may have started from an unattended electronic kettle connected to a socket in the sitting room,” Owoyesigyire noted. “Further investigations will be conducted to determine the precise cause of the fire.”

The police have secured the scene and are gathering more information to conclude the investigation. They have urged the public to exercise caution and vigilance to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

Kampala metropolitan records at least one tragic fire incident each year that claims entire families. Over the past five years, such incidents have occurred in Kasanga, Bukasa, Ndeeba, Nakulabye, Kasangati, Katwe, Makindye, and Luzira. These home-based incidents are in addition to school fires that have claimed the lives of children in dormitories across the country.

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