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Friday, 25 October 2013

Sipili traders suffer fire tragedy

By Alice Wagura

Traders repairing their broken shops
Items worth millions of shillings went up in flames when a huge fire razed down a section of Sipili trading center. The cause of Thursday’s night inferno has not been established. Witnesses alleged that the fire started from a butchery and moved downwards to Dincom shop and about five other shops in the line.

Confirming the incident, assistant chief for Sipili sub-location, Ms Margaret Gachago said that investigations were underway to establish the exact cause of the fire.

Businesses and livelihoods of the traders and their families have been badly affected. Mr. Gathoga the proprietor of Dincom hardware told onlookers that he has lost stock worth close to half a million shillings.
Residents and traders in the small trading centre gathered together and prayed for the affected traders. 

An overviews of the affected area
Several people, who arrived at the scene to assist in the rescue mission, were forced to break into the shops and demolished the structures to prevent the fire from spreading to the rest of the shops.

Nothing had really prepared the traders for such an eventuality. The RLV visited the scene and found the business community busy sorting the rabbles, others were mending the walls, windows and doors broken during the operations to salvage same goods. 

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