Woman and her two children die in house fire in Embu
NAIROBI | By Joseph Muchiri | May 4th 2016
A woman and her two children died yesterday after fire burnt their house in Embu.
Grief engulfed Mugoya Estate after Caroline Wanjiru, 37, Grace Murugi, 9, and Paul Macharia, 2, were burnt beyond recognition.
Embu OCPD Francis Sang said the gate to the house and doors had been locked from inside, thus hampering rescue efforts. Residents had to first break into the compound to try to put out the fire.
Wanjiru’s husband, a senior bank officer in Siakago, was away during the incident.
Neighbours said the fire could have been started intentionally, owing to a family dispute. However, Sang said the cause of the fire was not known, and urged people to stop speculating since investigations were still ongoing. He said several gas cylinders were retrieved from the bedroom.
It is alleged that Wanjiru locked the gate to her home and then locked herself together with the children inside one bedroom, after which she doused the room with petrol.
Morris Muchiri, a witness, said he had visited his farm near the house when he heard screams and saw dense smoke being emitted from the storied house. He then rushed to the scene to establish what was going on.
He said he tried to call Wanjiru’s husband but could not reach him. He then called the county fire brigade, which sent a fire engine.
“The efforts of residents, police and fire fire fighters paid off as they succeeded in putting out the fire and prevented it from spreading to the whole house and adjacent ones. Unfortunately, the three had been burnt beyond recognition,” said Muchiri.
Neighbours said the woman used to take her two children to school every morning before going to run her cooking gas outlet.
They added she was friendly although she largely minded her own business.
Daisy Njagi, a neighbour, said the woman was usually calm and went about her daily chores without showing signs of distress. The bodies were moved to Embu Level Five Hospital mortuary.
Kongowea traders want Ruto's Sh2 million donation probed
By Patrick Beja
- Governor Waiguru joins UDA
By Betty Njeru
- Mau Mau Road construction triggers property value rise
- Supreme Court stops Kananu swearing-in as Nairobi governor
By Paul Ogemba
- Man Utd-Liverpool match protests lead to 14 arrests, closure of school
By Moses Baya
- Rise in human bird flu cases in China shows risk of fast-changing variants: experts