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2 dead, 222 injured in gas explosion in Kenya’s capital

By Xinhua
On 2 February 2024 at 02:45

At least two people were killed and 222 others injured in an inferno resulting from a gas explosion in the capital of Kenya here, an official confirmed on Friday morning.

Government Spokesman Isaac Mwaura said the fire, which started at around 11:30 p.m. Thursday local time (2030 GMT), was caused by a truck loaded with gas cylinders that exploded, igniting a huge fireball that spread to a warehouse and a neighborhood nearby.

A flying gas cylinder hit a garments and textiles warehouse, burning it down, Mwaura said in a statement.

He said the fire also damaged several vehicles and commercial properties, including many small and medium-sized businesses, in the Embakasi neighborhood.

"Sadly, residential houses in the neighborhood also caught fire, with a good number of residents still inside as it was late at night," Mwaura added.

Embakasi police commander Wesley Kimeto confirmed the death toll, saying one adult and a minor had died in the hospital, and that the number of casualties may increase later.

A video posted on social media showed a huge fire raging close to blocks of flats.

The Kenya Red Cross Society said a total of 271 individuals have been successfully evacuated to several health facilities in Nairobi.

The latest incident came after a fire broke out on Tuesday night near a local stadium in downtown Nairobi, injuring four people.

Firefighters work at the site of a fire resulting from a gas explosion in the Embakasi neighborhood in Nairobi, Kenya, Feb. 2, 2024. At least two people were killed and 222 others injured in an inferno resulting from a gas explosion in the capital of Kenya here, an official confirmed on Friday morning. Government Spokesman Isaac Mwaura said the fire, which started at around 11:30 p.m. Thursday local time (2030 GMT), was caused by a truck loaded with gas cylinders that exploded, igniting a huge fireball that spread to a warehouse and a neighborhood nearby. (Photo by Joy Nabukewa/Xinhua)

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