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Vehicles burnt as fire erupts at Mombasa station

Several buses were burnt on Saturday, April 17, after a fire broke out at the Modern Coast Yard in Mombasa County.

The inferno is reported to have erupted at a part of the yard close to Makupa Police Station.

The flame consumed two buses that were parked next to each other as the employees quickly moved other vehicles away from the fire.

Mombasa County firefighters responded to the incident and managed to contain the inferno.

The two buses were completely burnt in the incident, whose cause was not yet established at the time of publishing.

Several incidents of Modern Coast buses catching fire spontaneously have been reported.

In November last year, a number of passengers escaped death when the bus they had boarded caught fire at Masimba Township in Makueni County along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway.

The fire incident was only noticed after bystanders in the town saw the fire from its underside as it drove by.

In 2018, a bus belonging to the same company caught fire as it was traveling to Mtito Andei.

Fortunately, the bus is +reported to have been empty at the time of the incident, and therefore, no casualties were reported.

The Kwále County Commissioner at the time, Karuku Ngumo, confirmed the incident and said that the bus had come from Mombasa.

“No one was injured as it would appear that the bus had no passengers at the time,” he noted.

Also, Kenya Power issued a notice of a power outage in the coastal region over another fire incident.

The electricity fire said that the inferno occurred at the Rabai substation in Mombasa on Saturday morning.

According to KPLC, the outage will affect Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Tana River, and Lamu counties.

However, Kenya Power noted that the fire has since been contained.

“Our engineers are on the scene to assess the extent of the damage and will soon restore normal electricity supply as soon as possible,” read part of Kenya Power statement.

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