Another fire razes down section of Gikomba market

Three months ago the same market went up in flames.

In Summary

•Traders were Sunday struggling to salvage some of their merchandise in the market after the fire was extinguished.

•The fire started on Saturday morning destroying property of unknown value.

Traders salvage their items after the fire.
Traders salvage their items after the fire.
Image: HANDOUT
Traders salvage their items after the fire.
Traders salvage their items after the fire.
Image: HANDOUT

Traders at Nairobi's Gikomba Market are counting their losses after yet another fire broke out, destroying property of unknown value.

Traders were Sunday struggling to salvage some of their merchandise in the market after the fire was extinguished.

The fire started on Saturday morning destroying property of unknown value.

The cause is yet to be known and police said they are investigating it.

Last month, another fire destroyed property in the same area amid calls for action to tame the trend.

No arrest has been made so far. Three months ago the same market went up in flames. 

Nairobi police boss Augustine Nthumbi said they are investigating the incident.

“We don’t know if it was arson or accident but experts are on site,” he said.

Following the August fire, the government promised to install CCTV cameras around the market as part of security measures to ensure that no one is to blame for the frequent fires.

Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho gave the directive while touring the market on August 6, 2021, further giving the contractor in charge of the installations seven days to complete the job.

“We will improve on the lighting, we have directed the regional team to map 10 lighting points and those lights we will add CCTV cameras.”

Kibicho said then.Officials say the process of installing the security cameras is ongoing. Ends