In Summary

  • Two Minor casualties were evacuated to Riverside Dispensary
  • The Nairobi County Fire Brigade, with the aid of members of the community, worked tirelessly to contain the flames

Fire broke out in Mukuru Kwa Njenga slums last night leaving a trail of destruction. More than 200 houses were razed to the ground hence rendering many families homeless.

While confirming the incident, Kenya Red Cross said the cause of the fire that started at 8.00pm remains unknown.

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“A fire outbreak has been reported in Mukuru Kwa Njenga, Nairobi County. County Fire Brigade, Red Cross Action Team and E- Plus ambulances Have been notified,”

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The Nairobi County Fire Brigade, with the aid of well-wishers and members of the community, worked tirelessly to contain the flames and managed to put out the fire on time, preventing further loss of property and lives.

Thanks to the quick response of the community, the injured were evacuated to the Riverside Dispensary, where medical personnel tended to their needs.

The Kenya Red Cross expressed its gratitude to the brave members of the community who selflessly assisted in tackling the inferno, even before the official emergency services arrived.

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“The situation has been contained by the County Fire Brigade with the help of RCAT, Police And community members. Two minor casualties have been evacuated to Riverside Dispensary by well-wishers,”

Area No stranger to Fire Incidents

Mukuru Kwa Njenga slum has been no stranger to fire incidents. Just a few months ago, in March 2023, another fire incident in the same slum area claimed the life of a two-year-old girl.

Her lifeless body was discovered by rescue teams after the fire had been extinguished, adding to the sense of sorrow and urgency to address the recurring fire hazards in Nairobi County’s slums.

The lack of accessible roads in the area has been a major hindrance to the rapid response of the county fire brigade, as their fire trucks struggle to navigate the narrow and congested alleys of the slums.

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