At least eleven students died and six others were in critical condition after a fire in a school for the visually impaired in central Uganda, police said on Tuesday.
According to the police report, the fire broke out around 1 a.m. at the Salaama School for the visually impaired in Mukono, about 30 km east of the capital Kampala, and the cause is so far unknown.
Deadly school blazes, which often tear through dormitories, are relatively common in Uganda and often blamed on faulty wiring, although authorities say some have been started deliberately.
Police said an investigation had been launched into the cause of the fire but did not specify if the victims were all students at the school.
Salama was built in April 1999 and caters for children and young adults between the ages of six to 25.
In November 2018, 11 boys perished and another 20 suffered severe burns in a suspected arson attack at a boarding school in southern Uganda.