In Summary
  • The traders and neighbours immediately began attacking the huge blaze with buckets of water but were overwhelmed by the blaze leading to loss of goods worth millions.

Property of unknown value was Sunday destroyed during a fire at Kawangare market which burned down more than 30 stalls and shops.

Furious traders demanded compensation from Kenya Power saying a transformer belonging to the company burst and caused the 4pm inferno.

Witnesses said they heard a loud bang emanating from the transformer which had been repaired by Kenya Power staff a few minutes earlier.

This was followed by a fire which spread fast to stalls stocking electronics, cereals and clothing and also to several eateries which were completely razed. No one was injured during the incident.

“I heard a loud bang and I ran away only to see fire spreading through electric wires lighting the stalls,” said Mr Samuel Kimani, a local.

The traders and neighbours immediately began attacking the huge blaze with buckets of water but were overwhelmed by the blaze leading to loss of goods worth millions.

“I stocked my shop on January with electronics worth Sh2 million and I have not been able to salvage anything,” said a distraught Mr Joseph Warutere.

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