ANNUAL FIRES

[PHOTOS] Scores left homeless after Parklands slum fire

Witnesses claim the fire broke out after an electrical fault in one of the houses.

In Summary

• Over 200 families have been rendered homeless after a fire at the Deep Sea slums, Parklands on Wednesday.

• According to investigators at the scene, the cause of the fire is yet to be established.

Over 200 families have been rendered homeless in a fire that hit Deep Sea slums, Parklands on Wednesday. With over 150 structures and property razed down, onlookers claim the fire broke out following an electrical fault in one of the houses.

Over 200 families have been rendered homeless after a fire at the Deep Sea slums, Parklands on Wednesday.

Residents of Depsea Slum try to salvage their items after the fire.
Residents of Depsea Slum try to salvage their items after the fire.
Image: DOUGLAS OKIDDY

Over 150 structures and property were razed in the inferno.

Witnesses claim the fire broke out after an electrical fault in one of the houses.

A resident of Depsea Slum tries to salvage her items after a the fire.
A resident of Depsea Slum tries to salvage her items after a the fire.
Image: DOUGLAS OKIDDY

"It is common to hear electricity faults causing fires in this slum. Most electricity connections here are illegal so we are not safe," Martha Mweru, a resident said.

Residents of Depsea Slum try to salvage their items after a fire outbreak
Residents of Depsea Slum try to salvage their items after a fire outbreak
Image: DOUGLAS OKIDDY
 

Having lived in the informal settlement for 10 years, James Gachuki who was rendered homeless by the fire says that electricity faults have caused annual fires in the area.

Residents of Deepsea Slum try to salvage their items after a fire outbreak.
Residents of Deepsea Slum try to salvage their items after a fire outbreak.
Image: DOUGLAS OKIDDY
Some of the residents whose houses was razed down by the fire Deepsea Slum tries to salvage her items after a the fire.
Some of the residents whose houses was razed down by the fire Deepsea Slum tries to salvage her items after a the fire.
Image: DOUGLAS OKIDDY

"Last year, the same thing happened and we spent two weeks in the cold. We are calling on the government to come to our rescue," he says.

According to investigators at the scene, the cause of the fire is yet to be established.

A resident of Depsea Slum with his personal belongings after a the fire outbreak.
A resident of Depsea Slum with his personal belongings after a the fire outbreak.
Image: DOUGLAS OKIDDY