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Largest open air Kenya market completely destroyed in Nairobi | Coastweek

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s largest open air Gikomba market located in downtown Nairobii, was on Friday dawn razed to the ground following a huge inferno suspected to have been started by business rivals. XINHUA PHOTO - CHEN CHENG

Largest open air Kenya market completely burnt down in Nairobi

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s largest open air market, Gikomba, located in downtown Nairobi was on Friday dawn razed to the ground following a huge inferno suspected to have been started by business rivals.

The inferno that lasted hours destroyed property worth millions of dollars while disrupting livelihoods of small scale traders who eke out a living from selling second hand clothes, groceries and electronic gadgets in the market.

Nairobi County leaders led by the Governor, Gideon Mike Mbuvi, oversaw efforts to extinguish the raging inferno in Gikomba market that is popular with low income urban dwellers.

Mbuvi promised assistance to second hand clothes dealers affected by the dawn inferno in the expansive open air market.

No casualties were reported by midday on Friday when the fire was contained by disaster response teams from the national and county governments.

The Nairobi County Police Commander, Japheth Koome, told reporters that a combined team of firefighters drawn from National Disaster Management Unit and the county government had managed to extinguish the inferno in Gikomba market.

"We have managed to contain the fire that broke out in Gikomba market early this morning.

"Firefighting equipment and personnel have been deployed to prevent spread of the inferno to neighboring commercial buildings," said Koome.

Small scale traders operating in Gikomba market stared at a bleak future as the inferno razed down goods worth millions of dollars in stalls made of timber and iron sheets.

Jane Nzuki, a second hand clothes dealer told reporters that she lost 100,000 U.S. dollars when fire razed her stalls located inside Gikomba market.

"The fire has already cast a dark spell on my future and that of my children.

"It has destroyed my entire stock which was awaiting delivery to customers in many parts of the country," said Nzuki.

Gikomba market has been grappling with a spate of fires incidents blamed on business cartels or criminal groups.

The open air market suffered a raging inferno in 2015 that affected 10,000 small scale traders.

Largest open air Kenya market completely destroyed in Nairobi | Coastweek

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s largest open air Gikomba market located in downtown Nairobii, was on Friday dawn razed to the ground following a huge inferno suspected to have been started by business rivals. XINHUA PHOTO - CHEN CHENG

Largest open air Kenya market completely destroyed in Nairobi | Coastweek

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s largest open air Gikomba market located in downtown Nairobii, was on Friday dawn razed to the ground following a huge inferno suspected to have been started by business rivals. XINHUA PHOTO - CHEN CHENG

             

 

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