Betty Kaveke gikomba fire

Another Gikomba fire has blazed down businesses and taken 15 lives.

Today morning, Kenyans woke up to the sad news of the loss of life and property by yet another mysterious fire in the populous Gikomba area.

Betty Kaveke whose children are still missing said that she is gutted by the incident.

“I have not been told how my kids are doing. The oldest is 14 years the others are 4 years, 2 years and the other one is in nursery. I’m told that only one was able to run out of the house, the others were carried out, so I don’t know if I will see my children,” Betty sobbed.

“I left the house in the evening, I left them already feed and ready for bed. When I left, I was delayed where I went so I decided to slept over.”

Gikomba fire survivor narrates how they escaped the deadly fire that killed 15 people

Betty Kaveke gikomba fire
Betty Kaveke

At 3am in the morning she received a call where she was informed that there was a fire in the area where she and her children live.

“When I went there only one of the children could talk. I just started screaming. I have been told only one child has been found. I don’t know where the others are,” Betty said.

The acting CEO of Kenyatta National Hospital will be giving updates on the status of the patients admitted.

In an earlier press statement, Dr. Thomas Mutie said, “Following the Gikomba fire incident that occurred at Gikomba on 28 June 2018, KNH received seventy (70) patients as at 7.30am.

THESE INCLUDE TWENTY (28) MALES AND FORTY TWO (42) FEMALES AMONG THEM 17 CHILDREN. THE FIRST PATIENT WAS RECEIVED AT 3.00AM. PATIENTS ARE BEING MANAGED FOR SHOCK, BURNS AND SMOKE INHALATION BURNS.

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Majority of the patients are being treated for anxiety burn and soft tissue injuries and they are undergoing treatment. Twenty four (24) have already been treated and discharged while forty one (41) have been admitted.

FIVE PATIENTS HAVE SUSTAINED BURNS ABOVE 30% AND ARE ADMITTED IN CRITICAL RARE UNIT FOR SPECIALIZED MANAGEMENT. FOUR HAVE SUSTAINED FRACTURES OF THE LOWER LIMBS. KENYATTA NATIONAL HOSPITAL HAS OPENED AND ADMITTED PATIENTS IN THE DISASTER WARD FOR CONTINUED CARE.

Unfortunately, four female children and one female adult succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment.”

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