Property worth millions lost in Kwale Neptune hotels fire

Property worth millions lost in Kwale Neptune hotels fire

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A man takes pictures of the aftermath of the fire at Neptune Paradise Beach Resort and Spa in Diani Kwale. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Kwale, KENYA: 82 bungalows and 26 villas were burnt down at the populous Neptune Hotels in Diani Kwale County after fire broke out at the Neptune Palm then spread to Neptune Village and Neptune Paradise.

According to hotel resident manager Jackson Kifoto, the fire started at around 5:30pm on Teusday in one of the bungalows at the Palm Hotel, part of the connected chain of hotels.

Mr Kifoto said the fire then spread, fanned by huge winds, to the adjacent Village and Paradise hotels owned by Neptune.

“The fire spread fast and it was hard to put out as it moved from one hotel to another, leaving us scrambling for what we could salvage,” said Kifoto.

At the time the fire started, Mr Kifoto said only Palm Hotel was occupied, adding that there were 53 guests there but no one was injured.

Kwale County acting County Commissioner Mwangi Kahiro says the cause of the fire has not yet been established.

Some residents have also been left homeless as the fire also affected some residential homes.

53 tourists who  were at the Neptune were evacuated to various hotels within Diani with their being no casualties.