Crucial documents, guns burnt as fire razes Naivasha's Longonot Police Station

Saturday March 26 2016

The fire at Longonot Police Station destroyed several guns and ammunition, March 26, 2016. Three police officers also lost their property after their houses were gutted down. PHOTO | MACHARIA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP.

A fire at Longonot Police Station destroyed several guns and ammunition, March 26, 2016. Three police officers also lost their property after their houses were gutted down. PHOTO | MACHARIA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP. 

By MACHARIA MWANGI
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Crucial police documents, including court files, and ammunitions were burnt down after a fire razed Longonot Police Station in Naivasha.

The Friday night inferno destroyed a wooden report office that was used by police officers to store important documents and ammunitions.

Officers at the scene said six G3 rifles were destroyed in the fire that also gutted down three houses belonging to the officers.

“The lights kept on flickering prior to the fire incident, which started at the wooden report office and spread quickly to the adjacent houses,” said a junior police officer.

Also burnt down was a holding cell. There were no suspects inside the two cells during the midnight fire incident.

Some of the affected officers said they did not manage to salvage anything. One of the officers said he was only able to evacuate his family members.

“All I have are the clothes that I am wearing, nothing else,” he muttered.

A witness, Pastor Peter Kariuki, was among the first people to arrive at the scene.

He said their efforts to put off the fire was frustrated by strong winds at the time.

“We tried all we could but the strong wind, coupled by the wooden structures, made it impossible to put out the fire,” he explained.

Mr Kariuki said firefighters from Naivasha arrived almost half an hour later and managed to put out the fire before more houses could be burnt.

Naivasha police boss Titus Mathuku said initial investigations indicated the fire might have started as a result of an electric fault.

“Several guns and ammunitions were also destroyed but no one was hurt,” said the OCPD.

When the Nation arrived at the scene on Saturday, heavily armed police officers were guarding the area as others sifted through the debris, perhaps in search of more ammunitions and guns.

A makeshift report office had also been set up, with one officer manning the “crime desk.”