Traders at Gikomba Market will have to deal with huge losses after an early morning fire consumed part of the popular market that sits opposite the Central Organization of Trade Unions (Cotu) offices.
According to a trader who spoke to the Nairobi News, the fire that was yet to be put off at the time this story was published, broke out at around 3 am.
“I got a call from my colleague who told me that the market was on fire. Upon arrival, I saw that everything was engulfed in fire and there was nothing much we could do. The county firefighters arrived at around 6 am and they are still trying to put the fire out,” said the mitumba trader.
The latest tragedy continues a series of fire breakouts that have consumed the market in the recent past. In February, a fire- breakout which started at 4 am consumed shoe stalls as helpless traders looked pensively at their goods going up the fire.
Traders at the market have always accused unknown landgrabbers of starting the fires that coincidently happen in the dawn hours. However, authorities have always blamed electric faults on the fires, fueled by alleged congestion in the market.