In Summary

  • The fire stated at minutes past 1 am
  • Believed by be caused by power surge from blackout and restoration
  • No casualty recorded

A night fire in Mukuru Kwa Njenga on Sunday, November 12, razed at least 50 households, leaving families in the informal settlement stranded and properties of unknown value destroyed.

Preliminary investigations established that the fire started after a power socket in a barbershop blew from a surge due to the power blackout and restoration experienced in parts of the country last night.A church was also razed by inferno.
No casualty was recorded as Nairobi County fire engine responded, putting out the fire to prevent it from spreading in the congested informal settlement.
Victims said their houses were razed in less than an hour.

Burglars took advantage of the commotion to loot from affected houses and carted away the little residents had salvaged.

READ Also: 200 Houses Reduced to Ashes in Mukuru Kwa Njenga

The area has been frequented by fires. In November 2022, a fire broke out in the same region, leaving a 40-year-old mother and her son dead.
In March 2023, a two-year-old girl lost her life after a fire broke out in the same area. Over 40 houses were also burnt to the ground during the tragedy

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