Government Spokesman Isaac Mwaura has provided further details on the tragic fire incident in Embakasi, which claimed three lives. The incident occurred on Thursday around 11:30 pm when a lorry transporting gas cylinders exploded in the Mradi area of Embakasi, Nairobi County.
According to Mwaura, the explosion caused a massive fire that engulfed the Oriental Godown nearby, a business specializing in garments and textiles. The inferno also damaged numerous vehicles, commercial properties, and spread to residential houses, with some residents trapped inside during the late-night incident.
Three people lost their lives while receiving treatment at Nairobi West Hospital. The Government Spokesman extended condolences to the families of the deceased and reported that 222 individuals sustained injuries and were rushed to various hospitals.
The distribution of the injured includes 21 at Kenyatta National Hospital, 160 at Mama Lucy General Hospital, 19 at Mbagathi Hospital, 14 at the Modern Komarock Hospital, and eight at Nairobi West Hospital.
Mwaura confirmed that the scene of the tragedy has been secured, and a command center has been established to coordinate rescue operations and intervention efforts. The government urged the public to stay away from the sealed-off area to facilitate uninterrupted rescue missions.
Acknowledging the swift response of various institutions such as the National Police, Nairobi County Government, Kenya Red Cross, St. John’s Ambulance, and volunteers, the government expressed gratitude for their efforts.
Assuring the public, the government stated its commitment to assisting the victims and restoring normalcy in the affected area. This unfortunate incident underscores the importance of coordinated emergency response efforts and solidarity during crises, with condolences extended to the families affected by the tragedy.