36 Kin’gong’o prison warders’ houses razed down

Kin'gong'o Prison in Nyeri
Kin'gong'o Prison in Nyeri

A huge fire has gutted down 36 houses belonging to warders at Kin’gong’o Prison in Nyeri County early this morning.

Confirming the incident, Central Region Prison Commander Hassan Budu said no casualties were reported in the 1am inferno that razed down the 36 wooden houses at the staff quarters.

Budu said police have launched investigations into the cause of the fire and appealed to well-wishers to come to the aid of the affected families.

The incident comes just two days after 50 structures were razed down in a huge fire at Laini Saba in the Kibra slums.

According to eyewitnesses, the inferno that is suspected to have been caused by an electrical fault spread quickly and consumed the structures.

On the same day, traders at a Market in Makongeni area, Thika counted heavy losses after a fire razed down the market.

The cause of the fire is not yet clear; however, business owners at the facility said that there had been some suspicious activity at the market in the recent past.

According to the vendors, groups of youths who were allegedly transported to the market doused the stalls with petrol before setting them on fire under the watch of police officers who were allegedly offering them security.

“Administration Police officers in their uniforms and protective gear supervised and provided security for the youth as they poured petrol on our stores and commodities before setting them on fire,” claimed a vendor at the market.

The incident agitated the traders who barricaded Thika-Garissa Highway in protest.

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