Sh60m ho­tel prop­erty goes up in smoke

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY MATHIAS RINGA

Ho­tel prop­erty worth more than Sh60 mil­lion has been lost in a fire in Mom­basa.

In­di­ana Beach Apart­ment Ho­tel and Zi­wani Beach Re­sort, both in Bam­buri, caught fire on Fri­day night.

Ac­cord­ing to In­di­ana Beach Apart­ment Ho­tel fi­nan­cial con­troller Ab­dul Bachani, the fire broke out shortly af­ter 7pm at the ho­tel’s restau­rant — the Beach Hut. He said the restau­rant’s makuti roof caught fire.

He added that due to strong winds from the sea, the blaze quickly spread to the bar and the kitchen.

“The fire gut­ted a fully equipped and well-stocked restau­rant, bar and kitchen, re­sult­ing in a loss of about Sh30 mil­lion,” said Mr Bachani.

At Zi­wani Beach Re­sort, a di­rec­tor who wished not to be named said the in­ferno de­stroyed six apart­ments. He fur­ther said four oth­ers were par­tially burnt.

He said the ho­tel’s restau­rant, bar, kitchen and stores were also burnt down, adding that the staff sal­vaged some fur­ni­ture.

“We suf­fered loss of Sh30 mil­lion,” he said.

Bam­buri Beach Ho­tel gen­eral man­ager Charles Ibukah said the fire caused loss of Sh200,000 at the re­sort.

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