Fire razes popular Gikombo market in Kenya


A huge fire broke out at Kenya’s Gikomba market where firefighters tried to contain the blaze at the popular second-hand market.
Local media reports that the fire started early on Friday morning and immediately, city authorities appealed to private operators of fire engines to assist in putting out the fire.


Gikomba is a popular second-hand clothes market, renowned as the centre of the capital’s informal economy, which attracts a diverse number of traders.
Following the fire, one trader said he had lost 250 bales of clothing, worth an estimated 23,000 (an equivalent of £17,600).


A Kenyan radio station is however reporting that a government minister has said that the fire could be as a result of arson.

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