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Family of seven wiped out by night fire in Embu, Kenya



By Judith Gicobi

Seven family members died after a fire razed their home in Ngimari village in Runyenjes constituency, Embu.

The seven (father, mother, two daughters, a son, and two grandkids) perished after their three-bedroom timber house was destroyed by fire, burning them beyond recognition.

While verifying the event, Embu East Deputy County Commissioner Jane Waruinge said that investigations to determine the cause of the fire are still ongoing.

“Until know we haven’t been able to establish the cause of the fire but all our officers including those from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations are here,” Waruinge stated.

She emphasized that it would take more time to determine what started the fire, which would mostly likely be the neighbors given that no one survived the fire incident.

“Give us time to investigate this issue so that we can establish what is the real cause of the fire given that we have no witnesses apart from the neighbors as all the family members have died in the fire,” the Embu East Deputy County Commissioner said.

Pamela Njoki Njeru, Embu county women representative, appealed to the community for any information about the early-morning event while speaking to reporters on the scene.

“We actually don’t know whether this was an accident or a criminal activity committed by criminals but we ask the locals to come out and give information so that we can know the cause of this incident,” said Njeru.

The locals are in disbelief as fire incidences in the Runyenjes neighborhood appear to be increasing as another timber home burned to the ground in Gikuuri a week ago.

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