Man, child burnt to death

Two people were Saturday burnt to death in two separate fire incidences in Kisumu.

In the first incident, a five-year baby was burnt to death when their grass-thatched house caught fire in Wawidhi village, Nyando Sub-County.

Kisumu Police Commander Titus Yoma said the boy’s parents were attending a funeral in a neighbouring home and had lit a tin lamp which started the fire.

Efforts by residents to put out the 2am fire were futile.

And in Kisumu’s Ondiek estate, quick response by residents and the fire brigade to stop a raging inferno ignited by a stove from consuming up to five houses and several iron sheet shanties failed.

The owner of the single-roomed shanty in which the fire is believed to have started died in the 1am incident.


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The 25-year-old man was believed to have been drunk and could have passed out.

Investigations to ascertain the cause of fire are underway. 

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