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Lamu fire leaves a dozen families homeless

At least 60 people who lived in the destroyed houses have had no accommodation for the last three days. A few have been housed by friends and relatives in the 2,000-strong community.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 05 Aug 2016 16:02 EAT

Dozens of residents of Hidabo village in Lamu Island have been rendered homeless after their homes were destructed by on Tuesday night.

The cause of the fire that gutted 12 Makuti houses has not been established. Initial reports indicating that the fire spread from elderly lady’s household before spreading to the neighboring houses were disputed by some residents who spoke to the Free Press.

Fueled by a windy atmosphere, the fire burned so furiously that no possessions could be salvaged. However, no resident sustained injuries; most had returned home for the day and were easily isolated from the fires.

At least 60 people who lived in the destroyed houses have had no accommodation for the last three days. A few have been housed by friends and relatives in the 2,000-strong community.

Lamu County fire-fighting department was notified of the fire immediately it began, but fire engines could not easily reach the houses, which are crammed inside blocks and blocks of other buildings in the densely-populated area.

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