Death toll in Ugandan girls' school fire rises to 20
The death toll from a fire at a girls' school dormitory south-west of the
Ugandan capital Kampala earlier this week has risen to 20 after two more
charred bodies were found, police officials said Friday.
Deputy police spokeswoman Judith Nabakooba also told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that 10 school security guards and the dormitory matron have been arrested in connection with the fire that on Monday night engulfed the Buddo Junior School about 15 kilometres south-west of Kampala.
The police have suggested that the fire may have been an act of arson by an aggrieved party.
Fire accidents claiming dozens of lives of boarding school pupils are common in Uganda every year. The fires are sometimes caused by abandoned candles, neglected water heaters and flat irons.