House fire kills girl, aged eight
An eight-year-old girl succumbed to injuries sustained in a fire at a house in Wewegedarawatta in Weligama last night (30).
The blaze broke out in a room of the house at around 10.0 pm, and later spread to the rest of the house.
The deceased had been sleeping in the room in which the fire started, while her grandmother and 13-year-old sister, who were in a different part of the house, were unhurt.
The fire was subsequently doused by the Matara Fire Brigade Unit and the Weligama Police.
While the cause of the fire is yet to be determined, preliminary investigations have confirmed that it was not caused by a gas leak.