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Tragedy after couple’s quarrel leaves 175 houses razed in city slum

A man set his house on fire following a disagreement with the wife in Kiambiu slums, Buruburu, on Monday morning.

The fire spread, burning down at least 175 other iron sheet houses.

The man, only known as Mr Otieno by the neighbours, had disagreed with the wife and was later heard saying that he would commit suicide by burning himself.

According to a neighbour, Mr Anthony Wachira, the residents did not take him seriously and few minutes later, there was a blast followed by a huge fire.

The fire quickly spread to adjacent houses.

When the fire was eventually put out, at least 175 houses had been burnt completely.

Police said that no life was involved.

The whereabouts of Mr Otieno and his wife are still unknown.