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Property worth KES 6M razed at Bombolulu workshop

02 March 2015, 09:21 Harrison Mbungu

Bombolulu - A deadly fire has destroyed two handicraft stores, destroying property worth KES 6 million in the Bombolulu workshop and cultural centre.

The fire broke out at around 4pm Sunday and burnt into ashes two makuti - thatched stores where animal carvings are showcased for tourism purposes.

Two workers, a shop attendant and a cashier who were on duty escaped unhurt in the fire that was caused by a suspected electric fault.

International tourists visit the workshops and showroom to buy jewellery, clothing, carvings and other crafts, and the returns used to cater for the needs of disabled people.

The institution programmes director, Esther Mwanyamo who addressed the media after the incident, said the fire would have been controlled if the Mombasa County fire engine arrived in time.

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The institution that hosts over 300 persons living with disabilities is now appealing for government’s intervention since that was the only source of income for them.

The locals however managed to salvage some plastic chairs and books before the fire ran out of control.

The Mombasa fire fighter team arrived while the fire had consumed almost everything.

“I was informed that the main showroom was burning at around 4pm, and when we called the fire engine they came without pipes, forcing them to rush back again to collect the equipment,” Mwanyamo said.

Bombolulu Workshop and Cultural Center is located in Mombasa and works with more than 300 people with different disabilities, in order to empower them economically and socially to become fully integrated members of their communities.

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