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House fire in Kinangop leaves 3three children dead

Saturday January 25 2020

Fire at Miharati Centre in Kipipiri

A file photo of a fire at Miharati Centre in Kipipiri, Nyandarua County. Three children died in a house fire at Githabai Ward in Kinangop on January 24, 2020. PHOTO | FRANCIS MUKINYO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Three children died in a house fire in Kinangop Constituency, Nyandarua County, on Friday.

County Police Commander Gideon Ngumi identified them as sisters Cecilia Muthoni (one) and and Abigail Wangui (four), and their cousin Peris Gathoni, who all lived in Githabai Ward.

“They had locked themselves inside the timber house. Neighbours battled the fire and rescued the minors but they died at Naivasha Sub-county Hospital," he said.

"The fire erupted again and consumed the entire house."

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Mr Ngumi said the case of the fire had not been established but that investigations were on.

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In his message of condolence to the families, Governor Francis Kimemia said he was shocked by the news and promised to stand with the families.

“It is my assurance and that of Nyandarua that we will stand with the two families as they plan to [bury] their loved ones. May God grant them strength and fortitude to overcome this loss,” he said.

Githabai Ward Representative Rimui Kaiyani, who visited the home, asked the county to help the family with construction of another home.

He also appealed for other kinds of humanitarian aid.