Eyes on Sonko After Locals Battle Fire Using Sewage [VIDEO]

  • Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko. Nairobi locals used sewage to quell a fire after waiting in vain for county fire engines. File
  • Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko's administration was put on the spot on Wednesday, October 9, after residents opted for the most unlikely way to quell a night inferno.

    The fire that broke out on the night of Tuesday, October 8 in Korogocho slums took two hours to be put out.

    Reports by Standard Digital indicated that a section of the residents narrated how they were forced to draw raw sewage to contain the fire before the fire brigade arrived.

    Fire extinguishers
    Nairobi county fire brigade at the scene of the fire that left 22 families homeless.

    “We tried to put out the fire using soil because there was no water even in people's houses. As you can see our trenches are dry. We had to use sewage to contain the fire. If we had water we could have contained the fire fast enough,” complained a resident identified only as Solomon.

    More reports also disclosed that the fire was fanned by a building that stored plastics and nylon but could not be contained due to lack of water in the area that is seriously rationed - residents only have access to once a week. 

    The tragedy left twenty-two families homeless after destroying 15 houses in the Nairobi slums.

    Some of those affected were sheltered at the nearby St. Claire Primary School for the night while others were housed by relatives.

    The Kenya Red Cross Society team responded to the tragedy confirming that only three people sustained minor injuries.

    Sonko's famous rescue team arrived in the area later in collaborating with the Kenya Red Cross team in quelling the fire and trying to salvage any items spared by the inferno.

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    A member of Sonko's rescue team helping Korogocho residents salvage remains from the night inferno.
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    Structures that once housed several families were reduced to scraps after the night fire in Korogocho slums.