Residents of the Nairobi Blue Estate try to put out a fire on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
Families in Gitaru, Kiambu County, lost property worth millions of millions to thieves who rushed to the scene to help them recover their belongings after a fire broke out in the area. region.
Reports said the property was lost as a result of both the fire and the robbery.
According to one of the tenants, the thieves took the opportunity to pick up valuable items as the owners focused on the blaze.
Volunteers try to contain the blaze at Tsavo East National Park on May 29, 2020.
“They (the thieves) presented themselves as Good Samaritans offering to put out the fire,” one of the tenants noted.
Residents have called for police help to apprehend and imprison the criminals.
The fire, which broke out on Wednesday evening, January 13, affected several establishments and adjacent premises.
Reports indicate that the cause of the fire was due to electrical faults. They noted that power shortage problems had been a major cause of major fires in the region.
The victims sought compensation from the Kiambu County government.
A similar fire occurred in the Githurai 45 area of Nairobi along the busy Thika highway after several businesses were destroyed by fire. The incident saw traders suffer heavy losses as the fire emergency team took hours to reach the scene.
Most traders claim to have taken out loans to start businesses, and many wonder how they will get their money back.
Residents have called on county governments to have emergency fire trucks beside overcrowded estates and slums, even as many continue to blame poor access roads, water scarcity and congested settlements for the delay in response.
A fire engine.
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