Fire sweeps through market in Kenya’s capital, killing 15 and injuring 70

A fire swept one of Nairobi’s largest open air markets Thursday, killing 15 and sending 70 injured to hospitals, an official said.

Nairobi County Commissioner Kangethe Thuku said six bodies have been recovered and that nine others were yet to be retrieved from a building in the market.

Rescue teams were searching for more bodies and survivors in the Gikomba market in Pumwani, a low-income neighborhood in Kenya’s capital city.

Many Kenyans shop for secondhand clothes from the Gikomba market, which also supplies other vendors with used clothes from Europe and the United States.