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Traders count loses after fire guts shops, stalls

06 January 2015, 08:26 Joseph Njung’eh

Murang'a - Traders at Gacharage shopping centre in Kandara constituency, Murang’a County are counting losses after an inferno gutted down their business stalls and shops.

The fire that started around 2am on Sunday reduced all items stocked in the wooden stalls to ashes as residents were unable to salvage anything.

The fire is believed to have been caused by an electric fault.

James Kimani, an affected trader who operated a welding business said that he lost property worth KES 500, 000 including equipment belonging to his customers.

Also read: Fire guts down a shopping mall in Nakuru

He said a nearby electricity power transformer had been having problems for long time and their pleas to Kenya Power Company workers to have the problem fixed have never been addressed.

Kimani said they were unable to salvage anything due to strong winds that fanned the fire to spread faster.

He accused fire fighters of incompetence and for arriving three hours after everything had been consumed by the fire.

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