Fire has razed down Gikomba market in Nairobi. The Friday morning inferno destroyed property worth millions but efforts are ongoing by the Nairobi City Council (NCC) fire team to contain the situation.
No casualties have been reported. The cause of fire is still unknown. The incident has displaced many traders who rely on the market as Gikomba is one of the biggest open air markets in the region and many people visit it daily to buy things like food stuff and clothes.
In 2015, an estimated 10,000 traders in the popular market lost goods worth millions of shillings after an early morning fire burnt hundreds of business premises, including a local Family Bank branch. Some of the traders managed to save part of their stock, but a huge part of the goods kept in stores at night were consumed by the inferno. Fire brigades try to control the fire at Gikomba market.
The Grisly fire at Gikomba market that Started around 3 a.m. Is a big blow to the traders and Businessmen that had invested their capital. pic.twitter.com/sf3duA3aYc
— Embakasi’s Finest™. (@mboya_k) October 6, 2017
Now Gikomba fire is a genuine cause for the Nairobi Business Community to hit the streets, they need to demand protection from government.
— Kenya West© (@KinyanBoy) October 6, 2017
— Wairimu’s Daughter (@Elishifa) October 6, 2017