The story of a woman in Lugari Constituency locking herself with her two children in their house in Lugari Station and all the three dying after setting it on fire was the most read story on the Western Kenya Times in 2022, receiving whooping 50,234 readership score.
The WKT published two articles as reports for the incident, where the first article titled Lugari Station: Wife to popular businessman burns herself, two children to death received just about 2,000 views while the follow up story, How 11-year-old escaped after mother locked herself with them in and set house on fire, broke the record as the most read article on the news website this year.
Here is the copy of article published.
How 11-year-old escaped after mother locked herself with them in and set house on fire
The evening of Saturday was fateful for a family of five in Lugari Station in Lugari Sub-county, Kakamega County after a mother locked herself and her three children in their house and set it ablaze.
The eldest son, however, managed to escape from the ill-fated house by finding the keys the mother had hidden under the bed and unlocking the door behind the inferno that had caught the attention of the neighbors lately.
“The mother had pushed the bed to the doorway, but the child managed to push it away and escape,” Rebecca, a witness, said.
According to an official report seen by the Western Kenya Times, his two siblings, one a 4-year-old and the other a 2-year-old, were badly burned to death. Items in the house were also consumed in the fire, as seen through a huge hole that had been made in attempts to rescue them.
“I even brought my generator to pump water from the borehole to extinguish the flames, but to no avail. The lady had set the whole house on fire before anyone could realize it, ” John Kirimi,” one of the neighbors that had come to the rescue, said.
Reports by neighbors indicate that Hellen Vuyanzi, 29, had stormed her husband, Tom Mito alias Tomcom, a popular businessman at Lugari Station market, having a cool moment with a woman identified as a teacher at Mapengo Primary School in Chekalini Ward.
“Hellen caught her husband Tom with his lover hanging out in the lover’s rented room near Hellen’s saloon at the center before a scuffle ensued. Tom attacked his wife, broke her phone, and dragged her back home. A witness said his going back to the market afterward could have been what angered his wife enough to take her own life and that of her children, “a witness said.
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