Another fire tragedy leave a trail of destruction at Korogocho Market

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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,29TH JUNE 2018-Traders at Korogocho in Nairobi woke up to rude shock on Friday morning to find their stalls reduced to ashes following the night inferno.The fire is reported to have started in one stall on Thursday night before spreading.

Witnesses said the inferno spread quickly, flattening the tin stalls and destroying stock.

Korogocho Senior Chief Nyabuto Omachi said 120 traders were affected by the fire but there were no casualties.

“No one was here when the fire broke out. No one sleeps here, except the watchmen,” he said.

The mysterious fire was contained an hour later through combined efforts of traders, residents, firefighters from the Nairobi county government and the Kenya Red Cross.

Korogocho market has over 5,000 traders and mainly serves estates in Nairobi’s Eastlands, including Kariobangi, Dandora, Baba Dogo, Buruburu, Huruma and Kiamaiko.

The blaze came barely a day after another fire disaster at Gikomba market left 15 people dead and about 70 others hospitalised with burn injuries.


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