In Summary

  • Mutindwa Market burns down, fire started at around 2am in the night.
  • Fire engines arrived on the scene one hour late and with half tank water.
  • The cause of the fire could not be accurately established but the traders suspect an arson attack.

Mutindwa market burnt down this morning. The traders have lost goods estimated to be worth Kshs 100 million. The fire started at around 2AM spreading fast to the entire market bringing down the stalls.

Nairobi County fire engines arrived on the scene one hour late and with half tank water. Traders watched helplessly as their goods destroyed by the fire.

“I have three stalls, and each had stock of approximately Kshs. 300,000. My stalls have all burned down. Mutindwa market has over 1000 traders, and each has an estimated stock of about Kshs. 100,000. Just do you math Majimaji” Julie Mutahi, a trader in the market narrated.

READ Also: Oh No! Toi Market ravaged by Fire.

Cause of the fire

Mutindwa Market Burning – Video courtesy Ghetto Radio

The cause of the fire could not be accurately established but the traders suspect an arson attack. This they base on how fast the fire spread. “Mutindwa market is separated by a tarmacked road, but the fire got across very fast burning all structures. It is not normal” Julie wondered.

By 6AM the fire had burnt entire stalls and now spreading to the nearby KAG Church. A second round of fire engines and rescue team failed as the pipes had no pressure to get to the church roof which was halfway burnt. Again, they had no enough water and later left the scene!

Fire Engine at Mutindwa Market. Picture Courtesy of Ghetto Radio

“The County Fire engines have no water and fuel. A driver was heard saying the last time they were fueled was a month ago” A frustrated driver was heard lamenting.

READ Also: Land Cartel behind Toi Market Fire – DNG claims.

Mutindwa market

Mutindwa Market is situated in Eastlands within Buru buru estate Outer ring road separating it with Umoja Estate. Just like Toi Market, it is popular for second hand, thrifty home goods, clothes or shoes and fresh fruit and vegetables.

READ Also: Toi Market Traders Start To Re-build Despite Sakaja Advising Against

The sad news of the fire comes only three days after Toi Market was razed down by a huge fire. In the heart of the fire is a land tussle with forty-three people claiming ownership of the Toi Market land. The area MCA and other leaders confirmed Toi market fire was an arson attack.

Written by:

Ghetto Radio Managing Director, a Leadership Scholar, Social enthusiast, humanity is a core pillar. Musician and music lover. I am Unbwogable!

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