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Fire razes down stalls in Gikomba

Gikomba traders woke up to huge losses after yet another early morning fire razed down a number of stalls in the Nairobi market.

According to Witnesses the morning flames broke out at around 4 am at Line 42, near the bridge.

By 6 am, several emergency teams including firefighters from the Nairobi City County, were battling to put out the flames.

The fire comes barely two months after traders lost property of unknown value after night flames gutted several stall on February 7.

Gikomba market, the biggest open-air market in the country, has suffered numerous fires recently that even caught the attention of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

In July, at least 15 people were confirmed dead following another early morning fire at Gikomba market.

58 people are said to have been injured and property worth millions destroyed after a fire outbreak at 2am.

Victims were rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital  other city hospitals.

The fire is reported to have begun from a section that deals with timber and second-hand clothes near Kamukunji spreading fast to nearby residential houses.

Many of the victims were choked by the smoke from the burning section.

Meanwhile, 2 boys died yesterday in the afternoon while 10 others injured after gas exploded in Korogocho Kariobangi Area here in Nairobi.

According to an area resident Mohammed Maalim 20 households were affected as fire engulfed their homes raising their valuables into ashes.

He said the victims were rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital. He is now appealing to well-wishers in aid of the affected families.

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