A fire that broke out on Saturday, March 13 at the Kisumu Bus Park station reduced property and buses valued at millions to ashes.
Reports indicate that the early morning fire started at one of the shops located at the bus station and then spread fast to the other shops.
“I received a phone call at 4 am informing me that a fire had broken out at the bus station. I arrived too late and therefore I was unable to save anything from my shop. Everything was burnt down,” a trader told Citizen TV.
Residents of Blue Estate in Nairobi trying to put out a fire on Tuesday 13 October 2020.
A video seen by Kenyans.co.ke showed traders running to salvage the little they could from the shops while others sat dumbfounded after losing all their belongings.
“I have lost all of my stock and also stock belonging to my customers. I do not know how I will start since all I had is gone,” another trader said.
In addition to destroying the shops the fire also burnt down some buses that were parked inside the bus park.
“We parked the buses at the bus park as we usually do and went home. At around 4 a.m. I received a call that petrol was on fire and that I should come and drive my bus away from the bus park.
“Luckily, I was able to take my bus out on time. We also had to break the windows of some of the vehicles so that we could be able to push them,” a driver said.
The county firefighters, with the help of members of the public, were able to contain the fire in good time and therefore avoid further damage.
No injuries were reported and the official report on the cause of the fire was yet to be released by the time of publishing this story.
Firefighters putting out dormitory fire at Kisumu Boys High School on January 26, 2021