A fierce fire destroyed homes and property worth millions leaving thousands of residents at Lang’ata’s Southlands Village on Sunday night.

The blaze which started at about 8pm rapidly spread in the sprawling slum destroying homes, businesses, churches and schools.

The flames which could be seen from kilometres away was accompanied by loud intermittent explosions.

Several fire engines arrived at the scene at about 10pm but quickly ran out of water.

Emergency services disconnected power supplies to the entire Langata surbub which houses several important facilities such as Lang’ata and St Mary’s Mission hospitals, security installations like Lang’ata Barracks and the busy Wilson Aiport.

It was impossible to determine the number of casualties because the blaze prevented access to the houses and the scene was chaotic to make a head count.

The fire started after most residents had retired to their homes. The blaze was so fierce and was still smouldering in the early hours of Monday.

The informal settlements opposite the Southands Estate was developed in the 1990s and is home to thousands of people.

Area MP Nixon Korir who spoke to NTV on phone from Mombasa said that the fire spread so fast because fire engines could not access internal parts the estate where the epicenter of tge fire was.