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Overnight Fire Razes Homes & Businesses in Nairobi Estate

  • A ferocious fire tore through Kangemi Estate on Thursday night, December 8, destroying hundreds of shelters and businesses on its way.

    The fire forced many families to spend the night in the cold while others stayed awake to support its surge towards more settlements.

    Along its trail, property worth millions of shillings was razed down as residents struggled to salvage the little they could.

    According to a Kangemi resident, the cause of the fire that started in the wee hours of Thursday was not yet established.

    Kangemi Fire

    A picture of fire incident at Kangemi Estate on Thursday, December 8, 2022.


    “The fire was reported at around 12.40 am, and is still continuing till this morning,” a resident stated.

    Reports alleged that some residents incurred injuries as they escaped the engulfing fire.

    Witnesses recounted that Nairobi County fire engines could not immediately extinguish the fire.

    “A fire engine arrived at the scene, but it was too late to save the property that had already been consumed,” a witness claimed. 

    It was believed that the fire started from one of the houses, but the residents could not pinpoint the exact location. 

    Police officers had a hard time controlling the crowd operating under immense panic.

    In recent months, fire incidents increased in Nairobi, with the Gikomba market being one of the most affected places.

    Nairobi County governor, Johnson Sakaja, promised to buy more fire engines and build new access roads in heavily populated estates.

    Kangemi Fire

    A picture of fire fighters during a fire incident at Kangemi Estate on Thursday, December 8, 2022.


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Jay Ndungu

Jay is a computer scientist and journalist with a passion for the intersection of technology and society. He has a background in computer science, developing a deep understanding of the technical aspects of the industry, including programming languages and software development methodologies. Currently, He writes for Nairobi Times, covering a wide range of topics including technology, politics, sports, and entertainment. With his unique combination of technical knowledge and journalistic experience, Jay brings a unique perspective to the stories he covers, able to explain complex technical concepts in an easy-to-understand manner. His work is dedicated to bridge the gap between technology and society, and to make people more aware of the potential of technology to make the world a better place.

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