January 31, 2009

Dozens feared dead in Kenyan fire

Per the Sunday Nation of Kenya, more than 50 people have died in a fire near the town of Molo, Kenya. The blaze began when an oil tanker caught fire and exploded.

@kahenya of Nairobi was among the first to break the news on Twitter.

@kahenya (Nairobi): In true Kenya fashion, fire mayhem begins. Unconfirmed report that 50 dead in an oil truck/trailer fire in Molo.

Other Twitter users in Kenya reacted to the announcement with a mix of incredulity or even dark humor.

@Lilsony (Nairobi/Mombasa): Wow... something is very wrong with this country

@RafikiKenya (Nairobi): @JustDes It is unbelievable, will Kenyans ever learn to stay away from free fuel?

(Update: BBC News has death toll at 94 as of 8:13 GMT Feb. 1.)

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