Update- 15 People Dead, Over 70 with Serious Burns in Gikomba Fire

15 people died and 70 others sustained serious burn injuries after fire razed Gikomba market in Nairobi. Nine bodies discovered inside a residential building are yet to be retrieved while six have been moved to City Mortuary.

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“At 2.30am fire broke out inside a timber shop near the Nairobi River. Four children who were rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital died on arrival,” Nairobi Regional Commissioner William Kang’ethe Thuku said.

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The fire had been contained at 4 am but broke out a second time and the commissioner has warned that the market is now a no-go zone. Those injured are being treated at KNH and members of the public have been urged to report any missing family members to the nearest police station.

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