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Fire destroys parts of largest market in Kenya

24 June 2015, 07:29

Nairobi - Officials say a fire has consumed parts of Kenya's largest market, destroying an area where vendors sell second-hand clothes imported from Western countries.

Nairobi police chief Benjamin Kibue said on Tuesday the cause of the fire in Gikomba Market in Nairobi remains unclear.

Issabel Githinji, a business woman who was among those affected, estimated that property worth millions of dollars had been destroyed.

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Kenya's national disaster operation Centre said no casualties were reported.

Kibue said the fire started around 03:00 and fire fighters responded on time but fire engines could not get an access route through the maze of stalls.

Hundreds of vendors turned out to try and salvage anything that was left among the smouldering remains after the fire was put out hours later.

- AP


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