Kenya fire : 15 dead, 70 injured in Gikomba market

Nairobi, June 28 : At least 15 people have been killed and 70 others injured on Thursday when a massive fire ripped through one of Kenya’s largest open-air markets.

The St. John Ambulance service in Kenya said the fire broke out in the Gikomba market in central Nairobi at around 2.30 a.m., although the cause of the blaze was yet to be determined.

Rescue teams are searching for more bodies and survivors in the Gikomba market, in the Pumwani low income neighborhood in Kenya’s capital city.

“Multi-agency search and rescue operations ongoing, 15 residential apartments and several shanties affected,” the service said in a statement.

The injured were rushed to the Kenyatta National Hospital.

Kenya’s Red Cross said the fire had been contained.

The Gikomba market, a popular commercial centre for second-hand clothes and electronic gadgets, has been damaged by several fires in recent years.

 

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