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Kenya: Kwale County: Diani: fire destroys/damages Hotels

Three Neptune hotels razed in Kwale, occupants evacuated

Neptune Hotels manager says the fire started in one hotel before the wind-propelled flames spread to two others.

Three beach resorts belonging to Neptune Hotels and five cottages in Diani, Kwale County, were razed by a fire on Tuesday evening.


According to hotel resident manager Jackson Kifoto, the fire started at around 5:30pm 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 strong 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,” he said.


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.

 Mr Kifoto told the Nation that the makuti (thatch) roofs were destroyed but the occupants’ belongings were salvaged.