More than 60 families were on Sunday left homeless after their houses were destroyed during a fire at the Nairobi West prison quarters.
According to a prison officer in charge of the facility, 38 houses were razed by the afternoon inferno while more than 12 had to be demolished to save them from being consumed by the fire.
Property of unknown value was also destroyed with a newly married couple said to have lost all their wedding presents in the incident.
No one was injured during the incident which happened while many families were attending church.
The cause of the fire was however not yet established but four gas cylinders which had exploded were said to have fuelled the inferno.
Acting deputy in charge of the prison Meshak Momanyi said the cause of the fire was still being investigated while the extent of the damage was also yet to be fully known.
“We are still trying to establish what caused the fire and the exploded gas cylinders helped it spread more,” he said.
“Our major priority for now is to help those affected with temporal shelter, we are still compiling the list to see how they can be assisted,” added the officer.
During the inferno, neighbouring houses had to be evacuated and property taken to safety as firefighters fought the blaze.
The fire which begun at around noon went on for about an hour before being extinguished by two fire engines assisted by local residents. Security was also tightened to prevent theft of the salvaged property.
Jonathan Kertich, an officer from the National Disaster Operation Centre, said they had come to assess the damage before deciding the next course of action but said the immediate priority was to temporarily house the affected families.
( Courtesy Daily Nation & Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre …… Source ……. Our Freelance Contributor in Nairobi)