Two individuals were killed when a fire broke out in the Mukuru Fuata slum in Nairobi on Sunday morning, July 11.
Timon Odingo, the chief of Makadara Police, verified the fire event, which left one individual with critical burn injuries. The fire, according to Timon, has displaced 131 families.
The fire is believed to have been started by a candle that was left burning in one of the houses.
The police have also launched an investigation into whether the fire was caused by faulty electricity cables that had been illegally connected in the homes.
Melvin Anyona, a seven-year-old boy, and James Atambo, a 40-year-old man, were among those killed in the blaze.
Families who have been left out in the cold have appealed to well-wishers for assistance in starting over after their homes were destroyed to the ground.
Mavesi Moses, the slum's security chairman, said the fire started around 12.30 a.m. on Sunday.
“Fire originated at the home of the late Mr Atambo, who shared a home with another guy who narrowly averted death. After being surrounded in smoke and having his body burned by fire, the deceased collapsed. His colleague was able to jump into the Ngong River and was unharmed,” Mavesi added to the Nation.