Police arrest one person following Embakasi explosion as probe starts

After an explosion near a residential area in Embakasi on Thursday night that left three people dead and approximately 271 injured, police have detained a watchman.

DCI detectives arrested the watchman who was assigned to secure the area where the gas-filled lorry was parked.

The investigation also focuses on two mechanics who, according to locals, were observed fixing a disabled vehicle near the explosion site.

There is a reported gas leak in the area, which alarmed the locals.

Despite warnings about the risks of repairing the vehicle in the presence of a gas leak, the mechanics proceeded, leading to the fatal explosion.

Deputy IG Douglas Kanja said that the DCI will release a report on the investigations in 14 days.

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has condoled with the families affected by the huge fire that erupted in Embakasi on Thursday night.

In a statement, Governor Sakaja said that the county government would waive all medical fees for those injured by the fire.

“The Nairobi City County Government stands in prayer with our sisters and brothers in Embakasi Sub County who last night were gravely affected by a devastating fire incident. We pray for the quick recovery of those who were injured and may the Almighty rest in peace the souls of those who lost their lives in this unfortunate incident.

“Following this regrettable incident, all county government emergency response teams are currently on site and on high alert to provide the necessary support. Currently, all County Health and Medical teams are also managing the situation and also working hand in hand with the County Disaster and Risk management teams who continue to provide the necessary support to the victims of the fire incident,” the statement read.

Nairobi Woman Rep Esther Passaris has cut short her Parliamentary engagements to visit and help affected families.

She has appealed Kenyans to donate blood for those injured in the fire.

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