Several businesses were on Friday, November 27, razed down in an inferno in Nairobi’s Githurai 45 area, along the busy Thika Superhighway.
The fire which began in the afternoon affected a number of establishments as it spread to adjacent premises.
Residents rallied to put out the fire and rescue goods that were in danger in the furniture shops.
Dark smoke billowed in the sky and resulted in heavy traffic in the area. Motorists have since been advised to look for alternative routes to avoid the area.
Here is the video of the fire incident:
It was not clear yet if there were any casualties from the incident. At the time of publishing this, emergency vehicles were yet to arrive at the scene to contain the fire.
A similar fire incident occurred in August 2019 in the area near Riflo Industries.
Close to Ksh100 million worth of property was lost in the fire that broke out at around 4 am.
After the inferno, most of the traders disclosed that they had taken loans to establish and were stranded on how they would pay back the money.
Fire breakouts in Kenyan towns often go uncontrolled for long hours due to weak fire management infrastructure.
Fire engine trucks often arrive late due as they are poorly maintained and rarely have a standby team which is further complicated by poor access roads in some of the congested towns.