Mass grave after Tanzania fire

August 24, 2009 12:00 am

, DAR ES SALAAM, Aug – Twelve schoolgirls who died in a fire at a school in Tanzania will be buried in a mass grave because their bodies cannot be identified.

The education department said the girls would be buried on Tuesday on the school grounds in Idodi, 460km west of Dar es Salaam.

President Jakaya Kikwete is expected to attend the burial.

The fire was apparently started by a candle left burning in a dormitory on Saturday night.

The candle is thought to have set light to a mosquito net and the flames spread through the dormitory.

Officials say the school – named as the Idodi Secondary School – has no electricity overnight and pupils often use candles to help them study.


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