Scores die in Kenyan oil blaze

More than 50 people killed after oil spill from lorry caught fire.

    The government is facing criticism of poor firefighting infrastructure [Reuters]

    After the lorry careered off the road near the central town of Molo, motorbike riders and others descended on the vehicle in the hope of scooping up petrol, witnesses said.

    Then the spill caught fire around dusk, engulfing those closest.

    Rescuers said someone may have accidentally dropped a cigarette, although there was also a suspicion someone angered at being blocked by police may have started the fire on purpose.

    Hundreds were still milling around the site on Saturday evening. Rescuers were helped by people with torches and car-lights.

    "My two sons ran home, picked some jerry cans and ran to get some petrol. I tried to stop them but they did not listen, they told me everyone is going there for the free fuel," a woman said as she was trying to find her missing sons.

    Poor safety

    The disaster in Molo followed the deaths of at least 25 people in Nairobi when a supermarket caught fire earlier this week.

    Local newspapers have criticised the government for poor safety.

    After the supermarket blaze, the Daily Nation said Nairobi's three million inhabitants are served by just one fire station situated close to a traffic-choked business district.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.