9 dead, 58 injured as fire guts Gikomba market in Nairobi, again

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At least nine people are feared dead more than 50 injured after a night fire, once again, gutted a section of Gikomba in the capital Nairobi on Thursday morning.

Some of the victims burned while others choked after inhaling poisonous fumes as they battled to save and salvage their property.

Emergency service provider, St John’s Ambulance, said 58 others, mainly traders, were rushed to Kenyatta and other city hospitals with burns.

Others were evacuated and treated by emergency service providers on the scene.

“At least 40 casualties evacuated by St John Ambulance following huge fire that gutted part of residential and market sections of Gikomba,” the emergency service provider said in a tweet.

The flames broke out at around 1am at Kwa Mbao area, according to the Kenya Red Cross, before spreading to other parts of the informal market.

Source: Daily Nation