3 Dead in Kariobangi Fire Outbreak

House on fire during a fire breakout

Three people have died following a deadly fire outbreak in Kariobangi South area, Nairobi.

Nairobi Police Commander Philip Ndolo, has confirmed the incident and stated that a one year old baby was among the deceased.

Ndolo further revealed that two other people have been rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital to receive treatment.

He added that investigations into the incident had commenced.

Nairobi Police Regional Commander Phillip Ndolo

Media reports suggested that the tragedy struck after a house in the slum caught fire.

The real cause of the fire is yet to be determined as claims emerged that the family had been using candles after a power black out the previous day that may have resulted into the morning disaster.

The tragedy comes a week after another fire razed down houses in Korogocho last Wednesday.

22 families were left homeless after the fire burnt down 15 houses in the slum area.

It was reported that the inferno broke out at night and took two hours before it was put out.

The residents of the area narrated that the efforts to contain the fire took long due to a water shortage being experienced in the shanty setting and were forced to use sewage before help arrived.

“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,” remarked a local from the area.

Eyewitnesses during the incident revealed that the fire had got out of hand after it was discovered that one of the affected buildings contained plastics and nylons that had fuelled the fire.

No fatalities were reported during the calamity.

A similar tragedy befell the area in April this year where three people lost their lives while 12 others sustained serious injuries.

According to reports, causes of fires in the area have never been established despite having numerous outbreaks in the past.

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