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Fire in Magarini leaves families homeless

05 March 2012, 17:13 Alloys Musyoka

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Over ten families were rendered homeless and forced to spend their night at the cold after their houses were reduced to ashes by inferno at Gongoni location in Magarini district, Malindi on Friday.

The fire which is said to have started at around 2:00 pm from one house and spread to other houses gutting down all properties.
Properties worth millions shillings were burnt to ashes according Halua Masha whose house was burnt during the incident.
Masha said her shop, together with house holds items were burnt by the fire whose cause is yet to be established to date.
“We did not salvage anything during the incident although no body was injured. When I saw the house burning, I ran out of the house to save my life,” she said.

However she said some of the house holds and shop items were looted by locals who purported to be assisting them.

Gongoni Divisional officer Patrick Ole Ntutu distanced the cause of fire from electric fault as the houses were not fitted with electricity.
“The cause of the fire has not been known since there was no electricity in those houses. We are still investigating,” he said.
Fire brigades could not be able to put off fire as their water tanks dried out and were forced to go back to Malindi for more water prompting fire to gut down more houses.
Ntutu also said that Red Cross Society Malindi branch distributed blankets, water cans and tents affected people.

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