(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Three persons including a man, his daughter and her boyfriend have been killed in a fire at a house in the Menikkumbura area in Katugastota.
The fire which broke out at around 6.40 am today (24) has damaged about 4 houses.
The mother of the family has been hospitalized with serious injuries.
According to the police, the deceased father identified as Eshwaradevan, had been making a living by selling betel leaves on Ranawana Road in Katugastota. His 31-year-old daughter Eeswaradevan Menaka and her boyfriend had also died in the fire.
A woman with serious burn injuries has been admitted to the Kandy National Hospital for treatment and she has been identified as the mother.
The family had been living in a small house covered with sheets.
When the neighbors saw the fire spreading, they immediately took action to save the mother named Raniamma and take her to the hospital.
Police suspect the fire was an arson carried out by the boyfriend of the deceased daughter.
A team led by Chief Inspector Kulasena is conducting investigations on the instructions of Katugastota Police OIC Chief Inspector Rasika Sampath based on information received that the boyfriend of the girl who died of burn injuries had come to the house and set it on fire.