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Richard Gitonga: 6-Year-Old Boy Rescues 2 Kids from Burning House

A young boy has warmed the hearts of many after risking his life to save his two baby nieces from a burning house.

Damaris Makau, a widowed mother of two was away at church when the fire broke out in their house.

According to a report on Citizen TV, Richard Gitonga, 6, had escorted her mother and while returning home, he saw their house burning down.

“When I returned, I found the babies out then there was fire in the house. I decided to pass by before calling our mum,” Gitonga said.

With no adult on site and the house already on fire, the youngster took his little nieces to safety through a small opening within the homestead.

“I held the barbed wire so that it doesn’t injure them. I however injured my nose,” Gitonga said.

After whisking his nieces to safety, Gitonga sought help from neighbors who responded on time and helped him.

On her side, Makau said she was tensed but later revealed that she was relieved upon learning that the young ones were safe.

“I found the fire razing the living room and at the time I could not see the babies but I learnt they were at a neighbour’s home,” she said.

Following the inferno, Gitonga lost some of his personal items including textbooks.

Fortunately, residents of the area came together to raise funds for the family and by the time of publishing they had raised KSh 350,000 out of the intended KSh 1 million.

“We had one small boy whom we regard as a hero. We had to call the community and sat with the family. Contributions began and so far we have raised close to KSh 350,000

“We are short of about KSh 700,00. Reconstruction of the house has since began,” said Timothy Kilonzo, the chairman of Timboni Community Forum.

Elsewhere, a Nigerian lady celebrated five years of being alive after surviving a fire incident that almost claimed her life in November 2016.

Through her LinkedIn page, Mark Janeth Chikwado said she got her school admission letter a day after being admitted to hospital forcing her to defer classes for a year.

Chikwado noted that during her recovery, her scars were obvious and she wore long sleeves to conceal her scars but she is now proud of them, terming them her life badge.

“I have lived beyond the pains, battling with depressions, low self-esteem, depression, and the identity of a girl who is now scarred

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“Here am I now, a final year student in Geophysics, so proud of my scars which are my life badge and glad to be alive this day,” she wrote.

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