KIBERA FIRE

[PHOTOS] Families rendered homeless after Kibera fire

A few households managed to save their belongings as others burnt to ashes.

In Summary

•The fire according to witnesses was caused by a gas cylinder explosion from one of the houses.

•Some of the affected residents have complained of looting.

Residents putting out fire in Silanga Kibera on Friday, August 13, 2021.
Residents putting out fire in Silanga Kibera on Friday, August 13, 2021.
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI

Several families were on Friday rendered homeless after fire razed their homes at Silanga in Kibera slum, Nairobi.

The fire according to witnesses was caused by a gas cylinder explosion from one of the houses.

No casualties were reported.

Nairobi County Fire Fighters in action in Silanga Kibera on Friday, August 13, 2021.
Nairobi County Fire Fighters in action in Silanga Kibera on Friday, August 13, 2021.
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI

The fire was put out by the Nairobi County fire brigade, which arrived at the scene on time.

The brigade's efforts and those of the area residents stopped the fire from spreading further.

A few households managed to save their belongings as others burnt to ashes.

A man stares at his half destroyed house as a dog watches in Silanga Kibera on Friday, August 13, 2021.
A man stares at his half destroyed house as a dog watches in Silanga Kibera on Friday, August 13, 2021.
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI

Some of the affected residents have complained of looting.

The fire comes a week after a section of Gikomba market in Nairobi went up in flames, leaving traders counting losses that ran into millions of shillings.

The fire is said to have begun about 30 minutes after midnight, Friday last week at the section along the Molo Line area known to many as Ghorofani.

 

Edited by CM

Youths carrying burnt iron and metal remains for sale to scrap metal dealers on Friday, August 13, 2021.
Youths carrying burnt iron and metal remains for sale to scrap metal dealers on Friday, August 13, 2021.
A burnt smartphone collected from the scene on Friday August 13, 2021.
A burnt smartphone collected from the scene on Friday August 13, 2021.
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI
A man seen rescuing some household utensils on Friday, August 13, 2021.
A man seen rescuing some household utensils on Friday, August 13, 2021.
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI
Police arrive in Silanga Kibera on Friday, August 13, 2021.
Police arrive in Silanga Kibera on Friday, August 13, 2021.
Image: WILFRED NYANGARESI