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More than 50 families rendered homeless after fire broke out in Kitengela

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By PETERSON GITHAIGA | January 27th 2014

BY PETERSON GITHAIGA

More than 50 families were rendered homeless while property worth millions of shillings was destroyed by a raging fire at Kitengela Kajiado County on Sunday night.

Most people escaped burns narrowly as the fire caught their houses when they were asleep.

The 1 am fire is said to have started in one of the semi-permanent structure when a KPLC transformer busted into flames causing a huge fire.

Mr Njoroge Wa Wamugaruri, told the Standard that he lost property worth Sh3 million as all he had was destroyed by the fire including goats and chicken. All the residents’ households were completely burned with only a few salvaging their clothes.

Kitengela /Sholinge MCA Mr Daniel Kanchori urged the government and Red Cross to help the victims settle as they lost everything in the inferno.

He also took issues with the house owners for blocking access to roads in one of the fast growing towns in Kenya, and promised that a bulldozer will be send from the Kajiado Government to open all the feeder roads in the area.

Mavoko fire fighters arrived in time to contain the fire though they were faced with major challenges of finding water.

''We are wondering what this county government is doing, why don't we have a fire fighter engine in the whole of Kajiado County?'' asked Mr John Mureithi a resident.

Police had a hard time trying to stop looters who took advantage of the situation and stole the salvaged properties.

Festival Harvest Church was among the structures that were completely destroyed according to Pastor Moris Nduva who said he lost valuables worth Sh1.2 million to the inferno.

 

 


 

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