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10 Apr 2019 | 04:41 AM UTC

Kenya: Fire at Nairobi market April 10

Kenya News Alert

Fire breaks out at Gikomba Market in Nairobi on April 10; containment efforts ongoing and residual traffic disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/10/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/10/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Nairobi). COUNTRY/REGION Nairobi

Event

Emergency personnel are containing a fire that broke out at the Gikomba Market in Nairobi between 03:00 and 04:00 (local time) on Wednesday, April 10. The blaze reportedly started at Line 42, near the bridge, razing a number of stalls. According to officials, by 06:00 the fire had largely been contained. Residual traffic disruptions are expected in the area in the coming hours. An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

Context

According to media reports, multiple fires have occurred at the Gikomba Market in recent months with no clear cause. In June 2018, a blaze at the market left 15 people dead and another 60 injured.

Advice

Individuals in Nairobi are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the area of the fire, and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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