Fire burn down Gikomba market today morning.

A huge fire engulfed shops in Gikomba market in downtown Nairobi on Sunday morning, November 28, despite heavy rains.

Pictures seen by Kenyans.co.ke showed a major fire in the firefighting market as traders tried to recover their shares and products.

The blaze broke out early Sunday morning and destroyed property of unknown value. It was the fifth fire in two months.

At the time of publication of the story, the cause of the fire was still unknown.

Gikomba market on fire;image/courtesy

Witnesses and victims have expressed their concern over the fire in the popular market, where the last fire took place on Monday, November 8.

“It is raining in Nairobi. But Gikomba is on fire. Who wants to end this popular market? It has now become a cult. Feeling we have ‘Run out of gas’ emotionally.

On November 8, the fire was believed to have been caused by unsuspecting people and a eviction notice issued at the time by the Nairobi City Service.

A Nairobi court has authorized the NMS to evict traders from the Gikomba open market to allow for the expansion of the health facility.

As a result, traders were forced to leave the Gacucu market area to accommodate the expansion of the nearby Pumwani Majengo health center.

In issuing the order, the court ruled that the traders’ demands for a moratorium on the removal and demolition of commercial buildings would be detrimental to the public.

In the past few days, Nairobi has been hit by floods in some areas due to rising rainfall across the city.

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