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    Kenya Fire Kills at Least 100

    Firefighters and police officers gesture at the scene of a fierce fire on September 12, 2011 following an explosion of a pipeline used to transport fuel  that runs through a sprawling slum in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. At least 120 people burned to death on September 12 when the pipeline burst into flames. A police commander said more than 100 people had been killed in the explosion at Nairobi's Lunga Lunga industrial area, which is surrounded by the densely packed tin-shack housing of the Sinai slum.                AFP PHOTO/ TONY KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    When an oil pipeline burst on the outskirts of Nairobi Monday, men, women, and children from the nearby slum ran to the spill with buckets to collect the valuable leaking fuel. Then a sudden change in wind blew embers from a garbage fire into the spill, igniting the oil and killing at least 100 people. Oil spills are not uncommon in the area, and people generally respond by gathering the spillover. “It’s dangerous, but that’s how life is here,” one resident tells The New York Times. Still, the disaster is not without precedent: in 2009, 113 people died after gathering around an overturned oil tanker, which then exploded.

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