Kerosene lamp burns 3 siblings beyond recognition
19 June 2015, 11:34
Bungoma - Three children perished in a fire tragedy while two others survived by jumping through the window of their rental house at Cheptais market in Mt Elgon Thursday night.
Confirming the incident, Cheptais OCPD, Ezekiel Kiche said the fire was caused by the Kerosene lamp that fell, spilling its contents before lighting up the mosquito nets and subsequently the entire house.
The survivors were treated at Cheptais sub-County hospital and discharged.
“The incident happened around 11 pm after the children’s mother, Susy Chepchumba took the youngest child to hospital. Their father, who is a casual labourer had not yet arrived home,” said Kiche.
The three children aged between three and six years were burnt beyond recognition.
Efforts by neighbours to save them were futile as the fire spread very fast aided by strong winds.
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Samson Boiyo, a neighbor said that they were woken up by screams of the burning children but were unable to rescue them.
“We are saddened by the abrupt deaths of these children. They have died a very painful death but we could not rescue them because the fire was spreading very fast and we have no fire engines around,” said Boiyo.
Kiche cautioned parents against leaving their children behind with the lit paraffin lamps.
The bodies were transferred to Bungoma County Referral Hospital where they are being kept awaiting postmortem.
Cheptais Ward Rep who is also the Bungoma County Assembly Deputy Speaker, Jane Chebet condemned the incident and called on parents to be careful at night.
“It's sad that we have lost young children who could be future leaders to a very careless incident but we will stand with the family during this sorrowful time,” said Chebet.
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