Moi airport VIP section destroyed by fire

January 22, 2012 9:37 am


Blazing fire/FILE
MOMBASA, Kenya, Jan 22- A fire broke out at the busy Moi International Airport Mombasa on Sunday and completely burnt down the VIP lounge.

Airport manager Yetich Magungo told Capital News that the 10am blaze started after an electric fault occurred in one of the air conditioners causing it to blow up.

“It is currently very hot in Mombasa so we have to turn on the A/Cs and this particular one must have been overloaded causing it to blow up,” he explained.

Magungo however said firefighters attached to the airport as well those from the Mombasa Municipal Council arrived at the scene immediately and put out the fire before it could spread to other areas.

No one was injured during the incident.

The lounge which is reserved for the Prime Minister, Vice President and ministers was had just been refurbished.

The Airport Manager could not however ascertain how much was lost in the fire saying the renovation was being done in phases.

Operations manager at the Moi Airport Authority Jedidah Masibo however assured that an alternative makeshift lounge has been sought for the dignitaries.

Elsewhere, a fierce fire razed down over 100 stalls at the Kibuye open air market in Kisumu destroying properties estimated at millions of shillings.

The fire is suspected to have originated from a hotel where a woman was boiling beans overnight and left it unattended.

The 3am inferno spread to other stalls as fire fighters from Kisumu Municipal Council battled it for close to five hours.

Nothing was salvaged from the stalls that included carpentry shops, hotels, and stores for clothing amongst others.

Outbreak of fires at the market is synonymous with the traders as more had been witnessed in the recent past.

The constant fire outbreaks at the market are also caused by illegal power connections.


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