Slum fire Kills woman and leaves hundreds homeless


NAIROBI, March 8, 2011 (CISA) –
One woman was reportedly found dead in her house and hundreds of dwellers of Deep Sea Slum in HighRidge Nairobi, Kenya left homeless after a fire gutted their houses and destroyed property of unknown value today March 8.
The fire that started at around 1pm reportedly from an electric malfunction found most people at work and so they were not able to save their property.
Those who were able to save their property threw them into the walls of the neighbouring Clinic and Afrikasi Nursery school run by the Consolata Missionaries which at one point the first spreading fire threatened to consume.
The nursery school children, most of whom live in the slums had gone home early to allow the teachers to hold a staff meeting in the school.
 A combined effort of firefighters from private security organizations and the National Youth Service (NYS) finally managed to put off the fire and saved the school and clinic.
The slum has mostly illegal connections to electricity a fact that could be attributed to the electric malfunction though the slum dwellers say some rich individuals want to evict them from the area and to build on the piece of land.
This fire comes in less than a week since another fire razed down another slum in South B area and Kangemi in of Nairobi.

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