Fire Rips through Korogocho Market Barely a Day after the Gikomba Fire
A Fierce fire ripped through Korogocho Market barely a day after the Gikomba Market fire tragedy.
A Fierce fire ripped through Korogocho Market barely a day after the Gikomba Market fire tragedy. Property of unknown value was destroyed and stalls reduced to ashes.
According to the treasurer of the market Mr. Nicholas Mwange, the fire broke out a few minutes to 10pm. The flames are said to have started in the central section of the informal market, which has shanty eateries and kitchens.
Mr. Mwange says that they suspect the owner of the restaurant forgot to drench the flames before leaving. According to some witnesses the fire spread quickly, flattening the tin stalls and destroying stock.
Korogocho Senior Chief Nyabuto Omachi said there were no casualties but around 120 traders were affected by the fire. The only people who were at the market when the fire broke out were the watchmen.
A combination of efforts between the traders, residents, firefighters from the Nairobi county government and the Kenya Red Cross helped contain the fire
Korogocho market has over 5,000 traders and mainly serves estates in Nairobi's Eastlands, including Kariobangi, Dandora, Baba Dogo, Buruburu, Huruma and Kiamaiko.