18 fam­i­lies home­less and prop­erty worth mil­lions of shillings razed in Kangemi fire

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nairobi -

About 18 fam­i­lies were left home­less and prop­erty worth mil­lions of shillings de­stroyed af­ter a fire razed Kangemi mar­ket and neigh­bour­ing houses yes­ter­day morn­ing. The fire started at 3am in one of the stalls and spread to the whole mar­ket. No in­juries were re­ported.

As­sis­tant chief Leah Mburu said they are li­ais­ing with the Kenya Red Cross So­ci­ety and lo­cal lead­ers to as­sist the af­fected fam­i­lies. “We have taken the names of those af­fected, which we will present to Red Cross and find them tents, food and cloth­ing,” she said.

Res­i­dents blamed the fire brigade for fail­ing to con­tain the fire. “They came with four en­gines and parked at the petrol sta­tion. It was the mar­ket that was on fire, not the sta­tion,” a trader said. “They only started fight­ing the fire af­ter it had spread through the mar­ket.”


A sec­tion of the Kangemi open air mar­ket that was de­stroyed by the dawn fire

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