Traders count losses as fire guts Gikomba market

Several traders are counting losses after a fire razed down stalls in Gikomba market early Wednesday morning.

The fire is reported to have started at about 2am, and was still raging at 7am as various emergency response teams battled to contain it.

Teams from the Kenya Police, General Service Unit, Kenya Red Cross, Fire brigade among others were on the ground to put out the fire as hundreds of traders watched from a distance with dozens of police officers deployed blocking entry to the burning section.

The extent of damage caused by the fire in Gikomba market has not yet been established. Some traders told Nation they lost goods worth millions in the fire that gutted section of the market on November 7, 2018.

Ms Joan Njeri, a trader at the market, said many of the traders were in shock since the fire caught them by surprise.

The cause of the fire that gutted a section of Gikomba market, Area 42, on November 7, 2018 has not yet been established.


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