A father and his two sons lost their lives while the wife and one son escaped narrowly on Monday night in Weru Market, Tharaka Nithi County after their house caught fire as they were asleep.
Confirming the incident, the Area Assistant Chief, Jamlick Mugambi, said that the three had lost their lives while the wife and the son escaped with serious injuries but they were safe and undergoing treatment.
“The fire accident occurred last night and we have lost a father, 42, and his two sons aged 2 and 9. The wife managed to escape with one son through the window and she is receiving treatment at Chuka Hospital,” said Mr Mugambi.
He added that after hearing the screams from the neighbours, the villagers rushed to the rescue of the deceased but they could not manage as the fire had engulfed the entire building.
The bodies of the three were taken to Chuka Level 4 hospital mortuary as they await postmortem.
The cause of the fire has not yet been established but police have launched investigations over the same, which is being suspected to be a case of arson since the house was locked from outside as the three were burning.
In Ndagani a 22-year-old Chuka University student was on Tuesday found dead in his house in Tharaka Nithi County after committing suicide.
Dennis Mwiathi, a bachelor of commerce student described by colleagues as a silent and jovial person, and his acquaintances would not predict the reasons that culminated to a decision of taking away his life.
“Mwiathi was very close and friendly to his parents and everyone around him and we do not know why he decided to commit suicide despite enrolling for a degree program this year,” said one of his cousins who was speaking at the scene of crime.
Confirming the incident, the area assistant chief Mr Charles Njagi said that he was alerted about the matter at nine and upon arrival, he found the body of the deceased lying on the floor with a rope around his neck.
The body was taken to Chuka hospital mortuary as police launched investigations to establish the cause of his death.
The assistant chief further urged parents to engage their children and address stressing matters that may have befallen them, in response to the ravaging suicidal wave that has claimed several young lives in the country.