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Huge fire breaks out in Nairobi slums (Photos)
By Waweru Titus | Updated Oct 20, 2018 at 00:00 EAT
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A fire has broken out at Mukuru kwa Njenga slums in Nairobi

A fire broke out at the Mukuru kwa Njenga slums in Nairobi on Friday.

The Kenya Red Cross dispatched a team to help mitigate the fire.

“Fire incident reported at Mukuru kwa Njenga. Response teams are on the way to the scene. More updates to follow,” Red Cross posted on Twitter.

According to witnesses, no casualties were reported but property worth millions was destroyed.

The cause of the inferno is yet to be established.

Nairobi County deputy director for fire rescue and disaster management, Brian Chunguli was in January sent on compulsory leave by Governor Mike Sonko over complacency in handling a fire that swept across Kijiji area opposite Southlands in Lang’ata.

The raging fire claimed four lives and left over 6000 people homeless.

“You were aware that a fire broke out at Lang’ata Southlands on January 28 evening and your team lacked direction and coordination resulting into deaths and loss of property due to mismanagement of the fire disaster,” read part of the letter to Brian Chunguli.

In October 2017, Governor Sonko shared a picture of himself with President Uhuru Kenyatta testing a hose-pipe of a new fire engine.

Nairobi County had just acquired 24 new fire engines, a move that was widely welcomed to breathe life into the County’s near hopeless disaster preparedness.

“This equipment will go a long way in curbing fire situations that have been witnessed in the recent past," Sonko posted to Twitter.

The move has not really worked as residents desperately use sewage water and other crude methods to try and put out huge fires that repeatedly gut down slums in the county.




 

There is fire in mukuru kwa njenga.. No fire fighters.. Spreading so first pic.twitter.com/knrFWZeNhS— World Student'e (@Trezons) October 19, 2018


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