A gas explosion in Nairobi’s Embakasi neighborhood, which began shortly before midnight at a gas refilling company, claimed the lives of two individuals and left at least 165 people injured, according to police reports cited by a local newspaper on Friday.Top of Form
“Consequently, the inferno further damaged several vehicles and commercial properties, including many small and medium-sized businesses,” he said, adding that “residential houses in the neighborhood also caught fire, with a good number of residents still inside as it was late at night.”
Atleast 2 people died in the fire and about 222 were rushed to various hospitals in the capital, the government spokesman informed.
Previously, the Kenya Red Cross had indicated that almost 300 individuals were injured. The incident occurred Thursday night in the Embakasi neighborhood, southeast of the capital. Media outlets broadcasted images revealing a massive fireball near several residential homes.
We were in the house and heard a huge explosion,” James Ngoge, who lives across the street from where the fire broke out, told AFP.
“The whole building was shaken by a huge tremor, it felt like it was going to collapse. At first, we didn’t even know what was happening, it was like an earthquake. “I have a business on the road that was destroyed.”
As noted by an AFP journalist, numerous residents in the area opted to spend the night outdoors.
Law enforcement has established a cordon around the impacted zone; however, there were individuals observed gathering their possessions and assessing the extent of the damage.