A fierce fire has reduced to ashes a Jua Kali Artsan shed in Kerugoya town leaving the proprietor counting heavy loses.
The fire which started in the modern furniture shed shortly after 8 am this morning developed into a raging inferno due to the timber and highly inflammable material stored there in.
Foam sponges the carpenter was using to make sofa sets , turpentine and other items grossly contributed to the speed at which the fire spread .
The County Fire Brigade was said to have taken time to respond leading to the rapid spread of the fire.
“When the fire engine finally arrived at the scene, its high speed horse pipe could only eject out water droplets leaving curious Wananchi watching kin disbelieve ,”a witness said.
Also reduced to a shell was a vehicle which had been parked outside the high end workshop .
The owner was later spotted weeping on finding just shell of what used to be his vehicle .
It claimed the vehicle had developed some mechanical problems which forced the owner to park it there as he went to seek for a mechanic.
Later water bowser from the county drove to the scene albeit too late since the iron/timber structure had already been razed to the ground .
It could not however be established immediately what caused the fire , though it appeared it originated from inside the well-stocked workshop .
Nothing could be salvaged from the workshop due to the high intensity caused by the fire while the losses were estimated to run into millions of shillings due to the high quality of the items the proprietor used to make .
The proprietor of the business Mr Eliakim Otieno Obadha who is the best rated carpenter in the county could not reached for comments as he was reportedly in deed shock on leaning of the incident .
Due to the just started January dry spell this is likely to be the trend in most parts of the country .
Ironically no police officer was within the site despite an AP camp and the local Police station being within the vicinity of the incident except disillusioned area residents