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Kenya fire: Several dead in Nairobi market

Thursday - 28/06/2018 19:10
At least 15 people have been killed in a fire at a market in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

More than 70 people were injured in the blaze, which broke out in the middle of the night destroying many properties.

Gikomba is one of the largest open-air markets in the city and fires there are frequent, leading to speculation about possible arson attacks, The Standard newspaper says.

However, the cause of the current fire is not yet known.

The St John Ambulance service said the fire broke out at 02:30 local time (23:30 GMT on Wednesday) and spread to apartments and market stalls before being contained after about 90 minutes.

Riot police evict traders at the smouldering scene of fire that gutted Gikomba market, Nairobi, Kenya - 28 June 2018
The pre-dawn blaze destroyed many stalls where clothes, shoes and vegetables were sold
Riot police at the scene of the Gikomba market fire, Nairobi, Kenya - 28 June 2018
Riot police are at the scene where traders have gathered to view the damage

Some of the victims were burned while others inhaled poisonous fumes as they tried to salvage their property.

Hospital officials said there were four children among the dead.

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