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Six people die following fire incident in Laikipia County

Six people among them a mother and her three children died on Tuesday night after a fire burnt down their wooden houses at Matanya village in Laikipia Central.

The other two were members of a different family.

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According to Laikipia Central OCPD Ben Changulo, the fire started at around midnight when the families were asleep.

He said police are investigating the incident as the houses were not connected to electricity.

“We are fascinated by this incident and we are still investigating the cause of the fire. The wooden houses are not connected to electricity” he told the Standard on phone.

According to residents, they heard cries and wails from the victims only to wake up and find the houses on fire.

Michael Njenga said that at the moment they were going to rescue the victims, the mother and her three children were already dead.

“We found the bodies of the four in their bedroom and their house had been entirely burnt down by the fire. They were sleeping in the same bedroom” he said

He noted that when they visited the other house, they found the other two, a man and her husband struggling to get out of their house.

They died immediately after being rescued.

‘It was a shock for all of us and we struggled hard to rescue them only for them to die as we watched. We still do not know the cause of the fire” said Njenga.

According to the OCPD, police have been deployed to the area to establish what caused the incident that has forced the entire village mourning.

Laikipia governor elect Ndiritu Muriithi has condoled with the family promising that they would be assisted with the burial arrangements.

He said that firefighting equipment would be provided in every sub county to help evade such incidents.

“This is a sad day for Laikipia people. We will do everything possible to help the families. More so, firefighting equipments will be supplied in every sub county to prevent such incidents” he said.

The bodies were moved to Nanyuki County Referral Hospital mortuary.

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