NAIROBI – Three people were killed and 6000 left homeless when fire razed down a huge part of a slum in Langata area, Nairobi, on Sunday night.
The fire is said to have started from one of the affected structures at Kijiji area opposite Southlands before spreading quickly to other areas, due to heavy winds and the presence of cooking gas canisters that exploded in intervals as locals fought the blaze with bare hands and other crude weapons.
Firefighters had difficulties accessing the site while some fire engines ran out of water before the inferno was contained.
As the fire destroyed their homes in the slums, families are camping at Ngei Primary School amid fears of a disease outbreak due to lack of major amenities.
Photos by Reuters.