Boy dies in orphanage fire
A six-year-old boy died of burn injuries after a fire broke out on
the second floor of a two storeyed orphanage in Thihariya, Kalagedihena.
The incident occurred around noon yesterday.
Nittambuwa disaster management officer Ajith Nishantha said that the
child had gone up to the second storey to fetch a ball.
The room had been used to store some mattresses which had caught
fire. Bicycles in the room had blocked the child from escaping,
according to sources.
The victimís elder brother is also living in the same orphanage while
their mother was abroad. Another 13 boys are provided shelter at the
centre. Nittambuwa Police are investigating.