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One student confirmed dead in Jinja school fire

After containing the fire at around 9:00pm, the school management conducted roll calls to ascertain the safety of all learners. However, Muwumba was missing.

JINJA, KAMPALA: Kiira region police have confirmed the death of 13-year-old Emmanuel Muwumba, a senior one student at St. Joseph Senior Secondary School in Nakonyonyi, Jinja City Northern division who died in the fire that gutted the school on Tuesday night.

After containing the fire at around 9:00pm, the school management conducted roll calls to ascertain the safety of all learners. However, Muwumba was missing. This prompted police officers to inspect the dormitories where they found Muwumba’s lifeless body buried under iron sheets in the ruins of the dormitory.

Police took the body to the mortuary of Jinja Regional Referral Hospital awaiting postmortem. One of the students who spoke on condition of anonymity complained about congestion in the dormitory which leaves no room for escape in case of emergency. “The building is very old with 26 beds tightly packed within each of the small rooms, which risks the safety of learners during fire outbreaks and other related disasters,” he said.

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