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Slum fire leaves 200 homeless

Four people were injured, two of them seriously, and more than 200 left homeless after a fire destroyed 40 shacks at Deep Sea slum near Parklands onWednesday.

The seriously injured were taken to MP Shah Hospital while two others who sustained cuts while trying to salvage property were rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital.

The cause of the fire, which started around 5pm, is still unknown.

Red Cross official Issa Premji said those who lost their homes had been temporarily sheltered at a nearby school and church.

“We administered first aid to about 20 people with minor injuries and found shelter for families without a place to spend the night,” he said.

The Nairobi Fire Brigade arrived a few hours later and put out the blaze but property whose value could not be ascertained by last night had already been destroyed.

Some of the families salvaged a few personal belongings like mattresses, beds and utensils.