Three people burnt to death in Nairobi and Naivasha
Written By:Nicholas Kigondu/Rose Kamau , Posted: Tue, May 13, 2008
Three people were burnt to death in two separate fire incidents in Nairobi and Naivasha.
In the first incident, a mother and her daughter were burnt to death after a fire razed over 38 houses in Masai village slum in Nairobi’s south B estate while in Naivasha a man set his house ablaze in what appears to be a suicide mission.
Elsewhere, Property of unknown value was destroyed when a fierce fire broke out at the Industrial Area Prison’s staff quarters.
Resident of Masai village slum in Nairobi’s south B estate woke up to a rude shock when they discovered that a mother and her daughter had been burnt to death in the inferno.
The fire is said to have started from one of the iron sheet shacks before spreading to adjacent houses.
Lack of access roads to the slums hampered efforts by fire fighters to put out the inferno.
Property of unknown value was also lost during the incident.
In Naivasha, a middle aged man was burnt beyond recognition after setting his house on fire in what appeared to be a suicide mission.
Peter Kamau who is said to have been mentally challenged perished in the 8pm incident.
Elsewhere, property of unknown value went up in flames Tuesday morning after a fire destroyed several houses at the Industrial Area Prison’s staff quarters.
The fire, alleged to have started from one of the warder’s house spread fast destroying 12 mud houses.
According to Senior Superintendent in charge of Nairobi prisons Pauline Wanja, plans are underway to resettle the affected families
Wanja said a prison officer passing by noticed smoke coming from one of the houses and alerted neighbours who responded quickly and helped in putting out the fire.
However, no one was injured during the incident.
Ngara said that 12 members of staff lost almost everything and only two officers managed to rescue part of their property.
And in yet another fire incident a dormitory at Kaveta Boarding Primary School in Kitui district was destroyed Tuesday, leaving 83 pupils without shelter.
Kitui OCPD Peter Kattam said initial investigations indicated that the fire was caused by an electrical fault within the dormitory.
The fire was detected at 10 am as the pupils were in class and the distress call by those who sighted it alerted villagers who came to assist in putting it out.
Mattresses, beds, basins, books, bed nets and other belongings were consumed by the fire but none of the pupils were injured.
The incident paralysed normal learning as the management led by Kitui Catholic Diocese Education Secretary Fr Julius Muthamba held a crisis meeting to address the issue.
Area District Education Officer Bonventure Wasikoyo said that the affected pupils can be sheltered within the classrooms pending assessment and resumption of normal learning.
“There are mattresses recently used in an education event and the boys can use them as we seek ways to repair the burnt dormitory,” said Mr. Wasikoyo.