A fierce fire occurred at Mlolongo trading centre, Machakos County, razing down five Guest houses and several rental units on Tuesday.
No deaths were reported during the fire incident whose cause is yet to be established.
Witnesses said the inferno started in one of the guest houses near Heshima Street, as it quickly spread to other guest rooms and rentals causing a huge loss to the residents of Mlolongo.
According to Mlolongo Assistant County Commissioner Dennis Ongaga, no death has been reported and there were four injured adults who were taken to Shalom Hospital in Athi River.
“Four people have been injured and rushed to Shalom hospital. Majority of the occupants escaped unhurt after a distress call that was raised by neighbors alerting them to run for safety,” said Ongaga.
Ongaga said the fire started in Kangemi guest house, where it destroyed everything, followed by Lamada guest, Mambo yote and plan AB guest houses respectively as residents tried to salvage the remaining properties.
He said the fire Brigade in Nairobi responded and contained the fire on time to keep it from spreading to other households.
Ongaga added that police officers and the administration responded in time to control the surging crowd from looting the other business premises and causing havoc.
The ACC urged members of the public to keep calm as investigations are going on. He told them to be careful and follow safety measures to avoid unnecessary fire accidents.
Joseph Odhiambo, owner of Mambo Yote Bar and Guest house, says he had 24 furnished rooms and had lost everything in the fire.
He says he has lost all the furniture from the guesthouses and his stock worth 1million has gone down the drain.
“I have lost everything to the fire, from furniture, the rental units and my entire stock was razed down by the fire. Neighbors tried to save some stuff but nothing could be salvaged,” lamented Mr. Odhiambo.
Odhiambo urges any well-wishers to come to his aid because the business was his only source of survival for his family and his employees.
He noted that Fire brigade from Nairobi came to their aid because Machakos Fire brigade were not available to help on time.