September 12th, 2011
08:56 AM ET

55 killed in Kenya pipeline fire, police say

[Posted at 8:56 a.m.] The fuel pipleline explosion apparently occurred about 10 a.m. local time (3 a.m. ET), possibly as a group of people were siphoning fuel from the pipeline, the officials said.

It leveled houses and burned some bodies to dust, said Carol Nduta, a Kenya Red Cross emergency medical instructor and dispatcher who traveled to the scene in Sinai slum, which surrounds the Lunga Lunga industrial area where the pipeline and a fuel depot were located.

"Almost the whole place blew up," she said.

Police confirmed that at least 55 people died. Nduta said scores more were dead, but their bodies had not yet cooled enough to recover. She said authorities expect to find more bodies in the smoking ruins of homes near the pipeline. Nduta said she believed between 100 and 130 people had died.

An unknown number of injured have been taken to hospitals, particularly Kenyatta National Hospital, Nduta said.

Although some structures continued to smoke and burn Monday afternoon, the fire seemed to be mostly under control, she said.

Nairobi police spokesman Eric Kiraithe confirmed the explosion happened as employees of the Kenya Pipeline Company tried to contain a leak in the pipeline and prevent people from stealing the leaking fuel.

[Posted at 6:31 a.m.] A fuel pipeline exploded in a densely populated Nairobi slum Monday morning, killing at least 55 people but likely more, police and Kenya Red Cross officials said.

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  1. banasy©

    God, you crack me up!

    September 12, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. willy

    we feel so sad for the tragedy which has befallen our brothers and sisters in this amazing country called KENYA.The population is not poor as some of you say maybe because they feel so proud "being rich".As a matter of fact KENYA is a great country and you should feel sorry rather than accusing the innocent masses

    September 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    I'll say it again:
    My sympathy to those who lost loved ones.

    September 12, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sammy

    Not me. I think it was funny! : ) Everyone likes a good joke. Kenyans getting blowed up! : ) LOL : )

    September 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • proudkenyan

      100 people burning to death is a joke to you?

      September 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jake

    I heard Kenyans main diet is baked cow doodoo. The call it cow pie.

    September 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. B Anigbogu

    They were just having a barbecue man. I bring the malt liquor. You americans too sensitive.

    September 12, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • proudkenyan

      no they were NOT just having a barbecue. they were human beings and they died. painful deaths. your ignorance and insensitivity is disgusting.

      September 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. proudkenyan

    over a hundred people lost their lives today in that explosion. that may not mean much to you but how dare you insult these people and their families, and the whole country by saying that their dead bodies are just well cooked meat?? i would never wish for you to lose a family member in that way but if someone you knew ever burned to death i doubt you'd be so reckless with your words.

    September 12, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RUFFNUTT ( enviormental activist & smeller of fine wines )

    if they were still here and i took them all to kentucky fried chicken...
    what would they order? regular or extra crispy?

    September 12, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat2u

    I am sorry to hear of this tragedy, but damn, don't these people have any concept that this stuff goes BOOM ?

    September 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. nigeria ben

    They sure have alot of people at barbeques in Kenya. Usually we just cook 1 or 2 people for a whole village here in Nigeria. 100 people? They must be going to have a mighty big crowd at the cook out.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nigeria ben

    Here in NIgeria we import and use Kansas CIty Pride BBQ sauce. I wonder what they use in Kenya.

    September 12, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Martha Stewart

    Some dead kneeeeegroooes ,55 thats a good thing.

    September 12, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jazzzzzzzz


    September 12, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzzzz

    You all disgust me
    @ proudkenyan , so sorry you have been subjected to this S@um

    September 12, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • proudkenyan

      thank you. i can't believe that people can be so cruel about death. nobody knows what it really feels like until it hits close to home.

      September 14, 2011 at 3:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. Avg. Kenyan

    The avg. Kenyan is weathier than the avg. American, who is over 100,000 behind due to debt. A few Kenyans steal a few gallons of oil. What have Americans been stealing.

    September 13, 2011 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
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