Mombasa’s Kongowea market up in flames

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 6 Jul, 2021 06:52 | < 1 min read
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Hundreds of traders in Mombasa County are set to count losses after fire razed down their stalls in Kongowea market, Nyali Sub County.

According to video footage seen by K24 Digital, a huge inferno is seen consuming a wide section of the market as area residents and a section of traders watch helplessly.

It is not clear yet the exact time the fire broke out but reports of the outbreak emerged on social media minutes past Tuesday midnight.

By the time of going to press, no official statement had been issued to ascertain the cause of the fire, the number of traders affected and the value of properties destroyed by the inferno.

This is not the first time the market has experienced a fire outbreak.

In January 2020, several traders counted losses after a fire ripped through several stalls and kiosks in the same market.

The fire destroyed the second-hand clothes section, which hosts over 100 tailors and several food kiosks.

Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho termed the incident as unfortunate and promised to compensate the traders who lost their fortunes.

The cause of the then fire incident has remained a mystery to date.

Another incident happened in September 2017 where a section of the market was reduced to ashes.

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