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    KAMPALA- The Police in Kampala Metropolitan area are investigating circumstances under which a mother and her four children died in a house fire.

    The fire according to the residents is suspected to be an act of arson in Katooke Village, Nansana Municipality in Wakiso District over the weekend.

    Police identified the deceased as Darren Namutebi, 30, Aisha Birungi, 13, Jennifer Nanyonjo, 8, Mugenyi Seguya, 7, and Israel Ntulume, 6. 

    Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said they suspect an electric short circuit to have caused the fire.

    He, however, said the residents including the only survivor, Mr Moses Bogere, the husband and father of the deceased, say it was a petrol bomb.  

     “Mr Bogere said he heard something hitting the window in the sitting room and it was followed by a loud bang and a bright light,” Mr Owoyesigyire said.  He added: “The person that the residents suspect to have been behind the case appeared at police, but he denied the allegations. We are holding him to help investigations and also protect him from angry residents.” 

    According to a police report, the fire started at 1am in the living room where the four children were sleeping and later spread to the bedroom where the parents were.