Three Children Burnt to Death in House Fire

  • A fire at Miharati Centre in Kipipiri, Nyandarua County.
    A fire at Miharati Centre in Kipipiri, Nyandarua County.
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  • Tragedy struck the quiet village of Mutitu Village in Ndaragwa Constituency, Nyandarau County after a fire razed down a home on Tuesday, April 9.

    Three children who were in the house burnt to death as the fire ravaged their home.

    Gideon Ngumi,  the Nyandarua Police Commander speaking to Kenyans provided that the children were in the house alone when the fire started.

    An armed Kenya police officer steps out of a police car.
    An armed Kenya police officer steps out of a police car.
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    "Their mother had locked them in as she went about her business," clarified Ngumi.

    It was during this period that the children were thought to have been playing when they inadvertently set the house ablaze.

    "Now because they are young kids, they must have started playing with matches which is how the fire began," Ngumi stated. 

    The fire was finally arrested by neighbours who caught sight of the flames and came to offer their assistance.

    "The neighbours saw the flames and came to assist but the fire had already spread significantly," explained Ngumi.

    The three children who died in the flames were all minors, with the police boss placing their ages at below 12 years.

    The police are ruling out the cause of the fire as deliberate and will not be proffering charges against the grieving mother.

    A man shows his sewing machines which were destroyed in a fire at the Mandera miraa market on January 8, 2019.
    A man shows his sewing machines which were destroyed in a fire at the Mandera miraa market on January 8, 2019.
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    "It's not arson, it's an accident: it is just how children are," stated the police commander.

    The penalty for arson under the laws of Kenya is life imprisonment.

    One is found guilty of the offence if they willingly and unlawfully set fire to a building, a vessel, cultivated vegetable produce, or a mine.