Properties of unknown value and at least 60 houses were Friday gutted down in a fire incident at Raila village, Mugumoini Ward, Lang’ata.

Lang’ata MP Nixon Korir said there were no casualties in the incident.

"The fire fighters arrived here in less than 20 minutes and were very swift to put out the fire. It would have been very bad,” Mr Korir said while at the scene of the fire.

Mr Korir said that lack of access to the slum was an obstacle to the fire fighters from Nairobi County who came with two fire engines and an ambulance for those injured to prevent further damages to the residents.

According to Emmanuel Ondieki, a resident, the fire started some minutes to 12 noon and it must have been caused by an electrical fault in one of the electricity lines in the densely populated informal settlement.

“The fire broke out when I was in the house and it must have been caused by the power lines here. We have lost our houses and properties of unknown value,” he said.

Mr Korir appealed to the county government to decentralize fire fighting department and equipment to sub county levels to improve response to such incidences in the future saying that the county has many informal settlements and therefore the fire department should be on alert.

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