A section of Gikomba Market was razed down following a huge fire on Wednesday morning. The cause of the inferno that started at around 4.00am is still unknown.
Traders along Lane 42, near the bridge, lost property worth millions of shillings on account of the fire that struck just two months after a similar incident in the market.
Fire engines from the Nairobi City County arrived at the scene after two hours and are currently battling the blaze. Traders are urging the government to intervene and find a permanent solution to the perennial fires at the market.
In 2018, following a similar incident, Governor Mike Sonko said they were planning to modernize the country’s largest open air market but that is yet to be actualized.