County government to compensate fire victims

Narok County government will compensate residents who were affected by the fire outbreak at Majengo slums in Narok Town, Governor Samuel Tunai has said.

The fire that destroyed property worth millions of shillings is believed to have started at 3am Tuesday.

Tunai was speaking Tuesday when he visited the scene where he asked the victims to report the total damage to the Disaster Management and Land offices immediately so as to be compensated.

He said those whose houses were burnt would be given enough money by the end of the day that would help them secure a place to sleep and purchase food.

The county boss revealed that his government would buy school uniform for the affected school children and give capital to the affected business persons so that they could resume their jobs.

He however refuted claims that the fire was caused by an electric default alleging that they already had a witness who claimed that there were smells of petrol before the fire erupted.

“We will leave no stones unturned till we find and arrest the criminals who initiated the fire,” he said, adding that his government would work with the county security committee to ascertain the actual cause of the fire.

The owner of the ill-fated timber yard known as Gikomba sustained minor injuries on her legs and was rushed to Narok Referral Hospital where she is undergoing treatment.

She was said to have been deep asleep in the timber yard when the fire erupted and was rescued by members of the public who rushed to the scene.

According to an eye witness Mr. Charles Magike who guards neighbouring premises, the fire might have been caused by faulty electric cables in the timber yard.

“I saw sparks of fire coming from the timber yard before an explosion was heard. The fire then spread fast due to the dry wood and was accelerated by the wind,” said Magike.

The fire spread to the neighbouring mabati houses leaving over 10 families homeless, but no fire brigade or fire tanker was available to help the residents put off the inferno.

The county has no single fire engine.

Source: Agency