Grief engulfed Soweto Village in Bududa Town Council, Bududa District, after a woman and her two- year -old daughter were burnt to death in a house fire on Saturday night.
The residents identified the deceased as Sylvia Kibone, 32, and a wife to one identified as Watasa, a boda- boda rider.
The acting Elgon Region Police Spokesperson, Mr Robert Tukei confirmed the incident and said investigations are ongoing to find out the root cause of the fire.
“It’s true, we are investigating the outbreak of fire, in which a mother and baby were burnt to death in Bududa town council on Saturday night,” he said, adding that already some witnesses have recorded statements with police.
Mr Tukei said the preliminary investigations indicate that the fire broke out after burning candle lit a mosquito net in bedroom before spreading to the entire house.
“It’s believed that the mother moved out of the house and left a lit candle in the bedroom with her child, who was sleeping but unfortunately, when she returned, she found fire burning and in the process of trying to save her child, she was also burnt to death,” Mr Tukei, said.
He said the scene of crime was visited by Police’s Scene of Crime Officers (SOCO) and other police officers to gather vital information regarding the incident.
He, however, cautioned all parents to take cautious while using candles at night in their houses to void similar incidents.
The area LC1 chairperson, Mr Julius Khapala, who reported the case of fire outbreak to police, said fire broke out at round 12am.
He said by the time the fire started, the child was alone in the house.
“The mother was not inside the house when the fire started. She had moved to ease herself but on returning, she saw raging fire in the bedroom. She tried to force herself into the bedroom to rescue her daughter and that is how she was also burnt,” he said.