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Two Injured After LPG Tanker Explosion in Nairobi’s Pipeline Estate

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Two Injured After LPG Tanker Explosion in Nairobi’s Pipeline Estate

 

Nairobi, June 3, 2024 – Tragedy struck Avenue Park in Pipeline Estate, Nairobi, early this morning when an LPG tanker exploded, leaving two individuals injured. The explosion, which occurred around 8:00 AM, sent shockwaves through the neighborhood, causing panic and extensive damage to nearby structures.

 

Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang followed by a series of smaller explosions. “It was like nothing I’ve ever heard before,” said John Kamau, a resident of the area. “The ground shook, and then I saw flames shooting up into the sky. People were running in all directions, screaming for help.”

 

The Nairobi Fire Brigade arrived at the scene promptly and managed to contain the fire within an hour. Despite their swift response, the damage was significant. Several homes and vehicles in the vicinity sustained damage from the blast. Fire Chief Samuel Ndungu commented on the incident, saying, “Our team responded quickly to prevent further spread of the fire. Thankfully, no fatalities have been reported, but the situation could have been much worse.”

 

The two injured individuals were quickly transported to Nairobi West Hospital for treatment. According to hospital officials, one of the victims is in critical condition with severe burns, while the other sustained minor injuries and is expected to recover. “We are doing everything we can to ensure the best possible care for the victims,” said Dr. Miriam Wanjiku, the hospital’s chief medical officer.

 

Local authorities have launched an investigation to determine the cause of the explosion. Preliminary reports suggest that a leak in the tanker’s valve may have been the trigger. “We are conducting a thorough investigation to establish the exact cause of this unfortunate incident,” said Inspector Peter Mwangi of the Nairobi Police Department. “We urge residents to remain calm as we work to ensure their safety.”

 

The explosion has raised concerns about the safety measures in place for transporting hazardous materials through residential areas. Residents have called for stricter regulations and better emergency preparedness. “This is a wake-up call for all of us,” said Mary Achieng, a community leader in Pipeline Estate. “We need to ensure that such dangerous materials are handled with the utmost care to prevent future tragedies.”

 

As the investigation continues, the community of Pipeline Estate is left to pick up the pieces and support those affected by the explosion. The Nairobi County government has pledged to assist in the recovery efforts, offering temporary housing and financial support to those who lost their homes in the blast.

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