Five family members perish in Kampala fire

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NEWS– Kampala Metropolitan Police Deputy Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire has confirmed that at least 5 family members in Kabalagala near Kampala have been burnt to ashes after the house they were sleeping in caught fire today morning.

Owoyesigyire noted that Kabalagala is one of the busy and highly populated suburbs of Kampala and the inferno that claim the five people occured at Yoka Zone, Bukasa Parish, Makindye Division.

Owoyesigyire has identified the deceased as Steven Luyomba and his wife Doreen Nafula, and children who included Sumei Lubega, Edith Naiga, and one Andrew.

Police preliminary investigations indicate that the fire started from unattended candle from a makeshift house of Charles Ogola who deals in plastics and later spread to Luyomba’s home.

Owoyesigyire said that on several occasions, the cautioned the public against leaving fires unattended to because they are dangerous to others.

This is not the first time a family has perished in a fire in Kabalagala and it’s neighbouring village of Kansanga because in 2018, a mother and her three children perished in a fire that happened in Nabutiti Zone in Kansanga. 

The victims at that time were identified as 35 year old Annet Tusasirwe, while her three children included Elijah Akankwasa, 10, Musa Kyakuha, 5, and eight-months-old Rebecca.