Dante's Hell: A fire, a year, that is Gikomba for you

NAIROBI, KENYA: Kenyans have woken up yet to another fire in one of the country’s largest open-air markets  claiming at least 15 lives and destroying property worth millions of shillings.

The Gikomba fireballs have become an annual occurrence. Here, a look at them between 2012 and 2018.

Gikomba burns on 10 June 2017. [File, Standard]
March 2012 : Fire reported in Gikomba Market.

 May 2014: Another fire strikes the market, stalls destroyed.

October 2014: The second inferno in a year.

May 2015:  Gikomba razed.

June 23, 2015:  Another fire.The inferno, which started at around 1am, leaves traders in tears. Nairobi police boss Benson Kibui says preliminary investigations indicate  that the fire was caused by arsonists.

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 October 6, 2017: The Friday morning inferno destroys property worth millions of shillings and displaces many traders.

September 10, 2017: Another blaze: Traders say the fire is suspected to have started from one of the stores before spreading to others. 

The September 10, 2017 Gikomba fire. [File, Standard] 

June 26, 2018: At least 15 dead and 60 others rushed to Kenyatta National Hospital after a Thursday dawn fire at Gikomba Market in Nairobi. The blaze leaves many traders with losses after a section that deals in timber and second hand clothes near Kamkunji is gutted.
 

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