Several dead in Kenya market fire

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Nairobi's Gikomba market, largest open-air market in East Africa

At least 15 people have been killed in a fire in Gikomba market in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

More than 50 people are reported injured in the blaze which broke out in the middle of the night destroying many properties.

Gikomba markets is one of the largest open-air markets in the city. Fires happen there frequently however the cause of the current fire has not yet been established.

Property worth millions of shillings has been destroyed by the fire that started at 2.30am on Thursday from a section that deals with timber and second-hand clothes near Kamukunji.

Some of the those who died inhaled poisonous fumes as they attempted to salvage their property.

The government has in the meantime established a command centre and are appealing to the public to report anyone missing.

 

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