Over thirty houses were on Monday razed down in Mathare’s 3C area after a man allegedly lit up his house in a suicide attempt.
According to witnesses the man unpluged his cooking gas which was on at the time then went on to light a match in the house.
Philip Gatimu, an eye witness says the man was trying to take his own life in the 7:00 am incident.
“He unplugged his gas then the gas spread out in the whole house then he lit up a matchstick. The fire then spread to the other house burning over thirty houses.” he said
The man who is said to have sustained serious burns was rushed to the Kenyatta National Hospital.
By the time the county fire department was arriving at the scene, residents had already succeded in putting out the fire.