Fifteen people have died and more than 60 others injured in yet another fire disaster in Gikomba market.
Property worth millions of shillings has been destroyed. The fire started at 2.30am on Thursday from a section that deals with timber and second-hand clothes near Kamukunji.
According to the Nairobi Regional Commissioner, the market is now a no-go zone. The injured have been admitted to various hospitals including Kenyatta and Mama Lucy.
Police say they are yet to establish the cause of the fire. Firefighters who had battled with the inferno since early morning only managed to put it out at around 9am.
Some of the those who died inhaled poisonous fumes as they attempted to salvage their property.
The government has in the meantime established a command centre and are appealing to the public to report anyone missing.This is not the first time a fire has razed part of the market. Two years ago, a similar blaze destroyed property worth millions.
Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan alleged that the incidents at Gikomba market were an attempt to edge out traders from the land. He told journalists:
“I think it is not purely accidental. We have too many fires here. There are people responsible for them and we must find out who they are and bring them to book.”
We here at Mpasho.co.ke send condolences to the families that have lost loved ones in the conflagration and pray that those in hospital make a full recovery.