Rakai inferno: Death toll rises to 11
The death toll from last night’s fire at St Bernard’s SS Mannya in Rakai district has risen 11 students following the death of two other students that had been admitted at Kitovu hospital in Masaka.
The police have so far released names of 10 students whose charred bodies have been taken to the National analytical laboratory at Wandegeya, Kampala, for DNA tests.
So far, the dead students have been identified as, Sam Nsumba, Antonio Ssekiti, Hudson Byamukama, Charles Ssuuna, Emma Kasozi, Maurice Basita, Sharif Tofiya, Timothy Bukenya, Antonio Ssozi and Remegius Tamale.
Eight students were taken to Kalisizo hospital, while seven others are at Kitovu hospital in critical condition.
Some 25 others are admitted at Mannya health centre.
The fire which broke out shortly after midnight is suspected to have been started by a group of four students who were recently expelled from the school’s boarding section.
The arsonists reportedly locked the S.3 dormitory with padlocks before setting it on fire with petrol.
The students could not escape since the doors and windows have burglar proofing.
Police has arrested one of the suspects but has concealed his particulars.