Buruburu Directorate of Criminal Investigations Officer (DCIO) Adan Guyo says detectives have collected samples from the private car which exploded into flames in unclear circumstances in Buruburu Phase 5 in Nairobi early Wednesday.
The samples, Guyo told K24 Digital, have been taken to government laboratories for forensic analysis, which will establish whether the fire incident was caused by someone else, or it broke out accidentally.
“So far, our forensic investigators have been able to collect samples from the vehicle, and we have sent the samples to the government laboratories for forensic analysis so that we can be able to conclusively reveal the cause of the inferno,” said Guyo.
Rumours have been mounting on social media that the fire was caused by a person close to the car owner following a dispute late Tuesday.
Buruburu OCPD, Adamson Bungei, told K24 Digital Wednesday morning that the fire broke out after the car owner, 36-year-old Terance Korir, ignited the engine.
Korir, a dweller of Mai Mahiu Court on Katulo Road, was preparing to leave for work at 8:30am Wednesday, April 29, when the incident happened, said Bungei.
“When he (Korir) ignited the vehicle’s engine, the car burst into flames at the bonnet section. The cause of the fire is yet to be known. It is strange how the vehicle’s interior was the only part that was destroyed by the explosion,” Bungei told K24 Digital.
Area DCIO, Adan Guyo, said neighbours and two fire engines from Nairobi County helped in putting out the fire, though by the time they were arriving at the scene, Korir had already succumbed to his burn injuries.
The vehicle, a Subaru Impreza, had been parked at the Mai Mahiu Court yard near House Number 465, police said.
“We must ascertain what caused the fire; we want to know whether someone else plotted the incident, or not,” emphasised Guyo.
The occupant of the car, Korir, was burnt beyond recognition, a report filed at the Buruburu Police Station by the Chairman of Mai Mahiu Court on Katulo Road, Cyrus Chege, said.
“We have since towed the damaged car to Buruburu Police Station,” said Bungei.
The body of the victim was moved to a Nairobi morgue.
The victim leaves behind a 29-year-old widow and two children aged 3 and 1.