County Pledges to Support 28 Families Left Homeless by Huruma Fire

The County Government of Uasin Gishu has assured full support to families affected by a recent fire incident at Huruma estate on the outskirts of Eldoret town.

Speaking when she visited the 28 families whose homes were burnt following the fire outbreak, County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Water and Environment Mary Njogu said they will work on ensuring a return to normalcy for the victims.

Njogu further asked well-wishers to come out offer support to the affected families.

She also praised the county firefighters for the swift response to the distress call.

The Environment CECM accompanied by Education Chief Officer Jane Njuguna visited the families who are currently temporarily staying at the Huruma Primary School.

Uasin Gishu Environment CECM Mary Njogu when she visited families affected by the Huruma fire incident

A three-year-old child was burnt beyond recognition during the incident that also destroyed property whose value remains unknown.

It is believed the first started from a house whose tenant was cooking using a stove before spreading to other 28 houses.

Eyewitnesses say the fire situation was made worse after it reached a house that had a gas cylinder that exploded.

But according to the police, the fire was caused by a gas cooker that had been left burning – and would later burst into flames.

Turbo Sub County Police Commander Edward Masibo says investigations are still ongoing.

Turbo Sub County Police Commander Edward Masibo

The affected houses were rentals belonging to one Johana Kariuki. They were constructed with iron sheets and timber,” said Masibo in a phone interview with Uasin Gishu News.

The cost of damage caused has not yet been established,” he added.

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