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Fire kills 15, injures 70 in Central Nairobi

Fire kills 15, injures 70 in Central Nairobi

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At least fifteen persons have died and 70 injured after a fire swept through a market and nearby homes in central Nairobi.

The blaze, which started in the early hours of the morning, broke out in a timber yard and spread through Gikomba market.

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Some victims were taken to Kenyatta National Hospital whilst a 15th fatality was at Mama Lucy Hospital.

Gikomba is the heartbeat of a huge informal market, selling everything from second-hand clothes to hardware. It has been damaged several times by fire.

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