Fifteen die in market fire in Kenya’s capital – officials

A fire tore through a market in Kenya’s capital Nairobi early on Thursday, killing at least 15 people in one of the country’s deadliest blazes in recent years.

Television footage showed people sifting through ashen wreckage as smoke rose from the Gikomba, a flea market which lies east of the capital’s central business district.

More than 70 people are reported to have been injured in the inferno.

Some of the victims choked after inhaling poisonous fumes as they battled to save and salvage their property, the Daily Nation newspaper reported.

The fire started at 2:30 am local time and was contained one and a half hour later, emergency services provider St John’s Ambulance said on Twitter.

In 2017, a fire at the market destroyed property worth millions.

Nairobi regional commissioner Kangethe Thuku said the death toll had reached 15, the Reuters news agency reported.

“About five… arrived dead in the hospital but we still have about nine bodies in the burning buildings because we want to confirm and ensure the safety of those buildings,” said Thuku.

The cause has not been established yet.


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