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Likoni residents carry the bodies of the children after the fire on Friday April 2, 2019. The kids were at a day care. [Weldom Kipkemoi, Standard]

Three children died in house fire after day-care owner left them alone

Families of the three children who were burnt to death in Friday’s fire in Likoni had been paying Sh1,000 monthly for each child to a woman who operated a daycare.

A blaze tore through the 13-room rental house - one of the rooms had been turned into the baby care facility- killing Isaack Oware, 2, Prisca Ayuma, 5, and Angel Wangare, 3, in Mwembe Ngoma.

Reports indicated the three children had been left to the woman who was living in the same house and who ran the baby care, the family revealed to the standard.

She is said to have left the three children alone to attend a burial few metres away from the house, the family said.

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Joel Oware, Isaack's father, told The Standard he has been leaving his only son in the hands of the woman for a year now.

Mr Oware is a security guard in Shimanzi. Her wife is a casual labourer in town.

“I received a phone call that the house was on fire and the whereabouts of three children, including my son, were unknown,” a tearful Orwa said.

The other two children were sisters and belonged to Albert Shabachai.

The three have been staying together, playing together and live like triplets, Mr Oware lamented.

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Mr Shabachai who is a boda boda rider and a pastor of Gods Glory church in Likoni was inconsolable.

He was unable to speak over what transpired.

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