A mother and her child were killed following a fire at a house in Killiyapitiya this morning, the police media unit said.
The police said that the two victims were asleep in the house when it was on fire and they were burned to death.
The police identified the victims as a 37 year old woman and an 8 year old girl.
Meanwhile the husband of the woman and another child who were sleeping separately in the same house were unharmed in the fire.
The police suspect the fire was caused by a mosquito coil which was lit overnight.