NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 25 – A section of Nairobi’s Gikomba market was razed down on Thursday morning following an inferno, the second such incident this year.
According to witnesses, the fire which started at 2am broke out at the groceries section of the open-air market.
Fire fighters managed to contain the inferno whose cause is a subject of an ongoing investigation.
Traders questioned the cause of fire which broke out at the section selling groceries which is less flammable unlike the other goods in the market.
“How does fire erupt at maize and beans store? There is no one living there,” one of the traders posed.
Other traders pointed an accusing finger at the fire department which they accuse of failing to act appropriately to salvage their merchandise during the dawn fire incident.
“The thing that even disturbs more is that the area which was burnt is an open place which is easily accessible. You cannot say the firefighters found difficulty in getting to the scene of fire. It is an open place!” a trader remarked.
“The firefighters just came and stood still. They did not help at all!”
Several such incidents have caused severe damage at the popular market over the years, sometimes leading to deaths.
In June 2018, at least 15 people died while more than 60 were injured in a night fire at the market.
President Uhuru Kenyatta previously ordered probe into the frequent Gikomba fires warning that stern action would be taken against anyone found culpable with previous investigations pointing to a foul play.