Fire Razes Down 30 Houses in Lang'ata

  • At least 30 structures in Lang’ata area, Nairobi were razed down by fire leaving hundreds of people homeless.

    According to reports, several people sustained burns and other injuries during the rescue and escape drama.

    The residents narrated to journalists how they woke up to find themselves engulfed in heavy smoke and scampering for safety.

    Reports have maintained that the cause of the fire was not established even as illegal connections of power in the area continue to be rampant.

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    Victims of the incident appealed to well-wishers to help them after they lost everything in the fire.

    This was the second fire to happen in Lang'ata after the January 29 incident which killed four people and left dozens of families homeless.

    National Disaster Management Unit Deputy Director Pius Masai and police confirmed that three bodies were recovered while one more body was recovered in the mid-morning during a search.

    Residents had blamed the Nairobi County Government firefighters for not containing the situation adding that the firefighters took too long to respond, and when they arrived they did not have water.

    Video footage showed residents struggling to put out the fire, made worse by delayed fire engines that finally arrived with inadequate supplies of water.

    The Kijiji residents could only watch as everything they owned went up in flames despite efforts to put out the fire using sewage water.

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    Camera footage during the fire showed children running around crying as they looked for their parents while adults stood and stared in disbelief, some with tears flowing down their cheeks, as their property turned to ashes.