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Four people burnt to death in Kibera slums

By Cyrus Ombati | February 26th 2015

Nairobi, Kenya: Four people were Thursday morning burnt to death in a fire incident in Kibera slums, Nairobi.

The four who include a woman and three children aged between three and nine were sleeping when the fire broke out at about 2am and consumed 20 structures in Gatwekera area.

According to police, the four were burnt beyond recognition and the remains were later removed to the mortuary. Six other people were injured and are admitted in hospital, police say.

Kilimani OCPD Peter Katam said the cause of fire was not immediately established.

“The scene of the fire was deep for fire engines to arrive in time. Those in hospital are in stable condition, with multiple injuries,” said Katam.

Cases of fire incidents are on the rise in the city with poor response from emergency service providers. Fire fighters say most incidents happen in slum areas which have poor or no roads hence making it difficult for them to respond promptly.

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