Property worth millions destroyed as fire razes down Garissa market

  • The market - which has a capacity of more than 5,000 mostly small scale traders - was reduced to ashes in the inferno.
  • Although the cause of the fire could not be immediately established, Garissa OCPD James Ng’etich said investigations are underway.

Garissa traders operating at the open-air market popularly known as Suq Muqdi are counting losses running into millions of shillings following a fire incident that razed down the entire market on Thursday.

The market - which has a capacity of more than 5,000 mostly small scale traders dealing in clothing, groceries, electronics, eatery, butcheries - was reduced to ashes in the inferno.

Although the cause of the fire could not be immediately established, Garissa OCPD James Ng’etich said investigations are underway.

"We have started right away and we are trying to interrogate all the teams; watchmen at night, market management and we are also trying to find out from Kenya Power if there is an issue of electricity and from the fire brigade; what actually happened," Nge'tich said.

The police boss said detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) had also visited the scene and launched a probe into the incident.

"We are investigating and our DCI is on the ground with the whole team and to establish what really is the cause,” he stated.

Ng'etich further implored the public to report to the police any leads regarding the incident.

"Mtu yeyote ambaye ana habari kuhusu kisa cha moto hii ningependa apate kutusaidia ndio mkono wa sheria ipate kuchukua mkondo wake," he added.

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