Police probe city night inferno which razed over 200 houses

Fire at Mukuru slum.

Distraught residents at the scene at Nairobi’s Mukuru-Mariguini slum in South B, Nairobi on Monday September 12, 2022.

Photo credit: Sammy Kimatu I Nation Media Group

Police in Nairobi's Makadara sub-county are investigating a fire tragedy which forced over  200 families to spend Sunday night in the cold after their houses were burnt down.

Confirming the incident, Makadara Police boss, Mr Timon Odingo said the incident took place at around 2am in Mukuru-Mariguini slum but the cause of the fire is not known.

"The fire started from one shanty before it quickly spread and burnt other houses after it was fanned by strong wind," Mr Odingo noted.

The police commander added that property of unknown value was reduced to ashes in the night inferno but no death or injury was reported.

According to the area chief, Mr Charles Mwatha, three fire engines from the city county government could not access the scene of the tragedy due lack of roads.

The inaccessibility is attributed to land grabbers who have encroached roads earlier preserved for emergencies by the previous administration.

Mr Mwatha told reporters that youths helped the fire brigade team to connect hosepipes from the Mater Hospital field to the scene of tragedy.