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Seven family members killed in house fire in eastern Uganda

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Seven people from the same family were killed by a fire when it ravaged their grass thatched hut in the eastern Ugandan district of Bukedea on Tuesday evening, a police spokesperson said Wednesday.

Michael Odongo, East Kyoga regional police spokesperson, told Xinhua by telephone that the tragic incident happened after a jerrycan containing petrol caught fire at Amutoro village in Bukedea trading center at around 20:00 local time.

He said the woman who was cooking from outside their hut carried the charcoal stove inside the house leading to the deadly fire.

“The seven died of horrific burns. The family has been dealing in illegal business of selling petrol,” said Odongo.

Odongo said the badly charred bodies were taken to Aturutur Hospital for a postmortem before handing them to the relatives for burial.

           

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