Kitengela residents stone fire engine, injures driver after it stalled during fire incident

By , K24 Digital
On Wed, 10 Nov, 2021 15:26 | 2 mins read
Nairobi fire engine
Fire enginePHOTO/Christine Musa.

Residents of Kitengela on Tuesday evening went on a rampage protesting poor responses by the Kajiado County fire department during emergencies.

The residents pelted the county's fire engine using stones and seriously injured the vehicle's driver after it stalled while putting off the fire.

The fire engine is said to have run out of water shortly after arriving at the fire scene something that angered the residents, hence resorting to vandalizing the vehicle.

This follows after a fire incident that broke out at around 7 pm destroying over 15 business premises including a church.

Residents say the fire started in one of the houses and quickly spread to other houses while the county fire brigade watched, saying their engines had no water.

Shops burnt down in Kitengela inferno. PHOTO/Christine Musa.

They said the fire brigade promptly responded to the incident but failed to stop its spread hence leading to the loss of their properties.

No property was salvaged during the incident which largely affected carpentry, hotels, and foodstuff shops outlets.

Residents claimed that it is not the first time the fire engine has run out of water or developed a technical problem during a fire incident. They said these incidents have caused them great losses.

Kitengela administration officer Bruse Likama, however, refuted claims by the residents. He said that the residents turned on the fire brigade after being incited by a few individuals.

He said that it is the residents who denied the fire brigade the chance to put off the fire due to their disruptions.

"My department has already profiled four individuals believed to have incited the residents and their names have been submitted to Kitengela police station for further action," Likama said.