Nakuru traders count losses after fierce fire

Kiptagich Centre

Traders in Kiptagich Centre are facing significant losses following a fierce fire that broke out on Saturday midnight, reducing several properties to ashes.

The fire, believed to have originated from a chips fryer at a local hotel, quickly spread and engulfed 12 business premises in the area. This unfortunate incident occurred shortly after a power outage that affected the entire country on the previous evening.

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During a statement at Kiptagich Centre on Sunday, Wycliff Too, the area chief, revealed that the fire is suspected to have started at Chips Point Hotel and rapidly spread to four other nearby premises, including a butchery.

Additionally, seven rental houses constructed from timber were also consumed by the flames, prompting locals to evacuate their families and belongings to prevent further spread of the fire. The fire initially ignited at Olenguruone stage, adjacent to the KTDA building, and swiftly spread, causing extensive damage to the surrounding structures.

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Unfortunately, the county firefighting brigade arrived at the scene two hours later, as the locals had already managed to extinguish the fire themselves. In light of this incident, residents are urging the county government to establish a fire station in close proximity to the area to enhance emergency response capabilities.

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Ken Maasai

Ken Wakuraya is a seasoned Journalist with official accreditation from the Media Council of Kenya, possessing extensive expertise in covering political, Entertainment, and Human interest stories.

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