NAIROBI, Kenya (AP)
A tragic incident occurred in Nairobi, Kenya's capital, in the early morning hours of Friday. A vehicle loaded with gas exploded, triggering a massive inferno that engulfed homes and warehouses. The catastrophe has resulted in the deaths of at least three people, with the number of casualties expected to rise. In addition, over 270 individuals have been injured in the incident.
Government spokesman Isaac Mwaura revealed that numerous residents were likely present inside their homes when the fire rapidly spread. The devastating fireball originated from an explosion caused by a truck carrying gas. Although the specific registration number of the truck remains unknown, the resulting blast propelled a gas cylinder into the air, further fueling the flames. Mwaura also noted that multiple vehicles and businesses suffered extensive damage due to the inferno, which began at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Mradi area of the Embakasi neighborhood in Nairobi.
Upon daybreak, the scene revealed a tragic sight of burnt-out houses and shops. The vehicle believed to have triggered the explosion was found overturned, leaving only its shell on the road. Furthermore, a nearby four-story residential building sustained damage when a gas cylinder crashed through its roof. Electric wires littered the ground, displaying the destruction caused by the intense fire. The burnt-out warehouse, previously housing garments and textiles, now stood as a mere collection of empty truck shells.
Alfred Juma, an aspiring politician residing in the vicinity, recounted hearing a loud noise emanating from a nearby warehouse housing a gas cylinder. Acting swiftly, Juma woke up his neighbors, urging them to evacuate.
Tragic Fire Engulfs Residential Area in Kenya
A devastating fire broke out in a residential area in Kenya, causing widespread destruction and claiming multiple lives. The incident occurred when a black car attempted to pass through the area despite warnings from onlookers. As a result, the vehicle encountered fumes that led to a sudden explosion, triggering a chain reaction of fires within a nearby warehouse.
One eyewitness, who managed to rescue two children and seek shelter in a sewage ditch until the explosions subsided, recounted the harrowing experience. Unfortunately, the fire left him with nothing but the clothes on his back, as his entire possessions were consumed by the raging inferno.
Caroline Karanja, a neighbor affected by the incident, described how she and others were forced to flee the area after it was cordoned off by the police. She expressed concerns for her young children's well-being due to the lingering odor and smoke, making it difficult for her to return home anytime soon.
The catastrophe has prompted questions regarding the enforcement of city plans, as the industrial company responsible for the warehouse was located in close proximity to residential buildings. Allegations have arisen against county government officials, accusing them of accepting bribes to bypass building codes and regulations, leading to potential failures in ensuring public safety.
This unfortunate event serves as a stark reminder of the importance of adhering to stringent safety standards and regulations to prevent such calamities from occurring in the future.