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Police probing fire incident at Pumwani Maternity Hospital

The police in Buruburu are investigating a fire incident that was reported at 3am on Friday morning at Pumwani Maternity Hospital.

According to Buruburu OCPD, Francis Kamau, who confirmed the incident to Nairobi News, the fire razed down the commodity and pharmacy store at the facility which is among the top public hospitals in Nairobi..

“As of now we don’t know the cause of the fire but the matter is still being investigated. We can’t tell the value of property that has been destroyed but everything was reduced to ashes,” Mr Kamau said.

According to the County Executive in Charge of Health, Wellness and Nutrition Dr Anastasia Nyalita, normal operation within the facility resumed at 5am.

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Dr Nyalita said in a statement that the county team and police are assessing the damages caused.

The CEC lauded Nairobi City County fire and rescue services for their quick response to the fire incident.

“The Nairobi City County fire and rescue services team responded in a record 10 minutes and put out the fire. There were no casualties,” Dr Nyalita said.

At the same time, to ensure that Nairobi firefighters are equipped and ready to rescue, the county is training more than 100 Nairobi City County Fire and Rescue team members who are undergoing rigorous training at the Kangundo Road Fire Station to upskill them.

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The training which comprises rescue, fire and disaster management drills was officially opened on Wednesday by Chief Officer Disaster and Emergency Management, Bram Simiyu.

The Chief Officer said in his address that Kangundo Road Fire Station complex is one of the best-equipped fire training centres in the County.

“We will soon unveil it as a centre of excellence. We offer firefighters training from other counties and Countries,” he said.

The cohort currently undergoing training at Kangundo Road is the first of a group of 300 firemen and women earmarked for training as part of the Department’s strategy to beef up its skilled manpower.

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