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Hardware store in Bungoma goes up in flames

27 January 2014, 21:02

Bungoma-  Property estimated to be worth over a million shillings was lost on Monday afternoon after a hardware store in Bungoma town went up in flames. The fire is suspected to have started in one of the stores where welding of one of the windows is said  to have been taking place.

The back store of Green Hardware Limited  that is along the Bungoma- Mumias Road went up in flames at around 1pm , the entire three-storey building could have been reduced to ashes if fire engines from Mumias and Nzoia Sugar Companies had not arrived at the scene in time.

There was a heavy traffic snarl-up along the busy road and policemen had a hard time controlling curious members of the public who milled around the scene.

The town, despite being the Bungoma County headquarters has no single fire engine and firefighting brigade. It took the fire engines from the sugar millers, who were ironically joined by a fire engine from the County of Kakamega over four houses to contain the raging inferno.

Members of the public who spoke to journalists at the scene of the incident appealed to the local County government to consider acquiring a fire truck that will be on standby and used  in case of fire disasters.

“It is a very embarrassing that a fire engine belonging to the Kakamega County Government and Mumias Sugar Company , which kilometers away respond to a fire disaster in Bungoma .Our County government should as a matter of urgency acquire its own fire engine to assist its people salvage property and lives when fires strike,” said Martin Wanyonyi, the Bungoma County NGO chairman, who was among those that turned up at the scene.

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