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Massive Gas Explosion Claims Lives And Properties – Nairobi

The Kenyan government established a command center and begun rescue efforts in the area where the incidents took place. 

Two people has been confirmed dead with about 222 people injured in a major gas blast which rocked the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. 

A spokesperson for the government reported that a lorry carrying gas exploded in Embakasi district around 23:30 (21:30 WAT), “igniting a huge ball of fire”. 

According to the spokesman, Isaac Mwaura, the explosion’s fireball “spread widely” and destroyed a warehouse that held clothes and textiles when it was hit by a flying gas cylinder. 

Mwaura said that a command Centre was established to aid with the coordination of rescue efforts, and the blast location had been secured. 

He further said, “Kenyans are hereby advised to keep off the cordoned area in order to allow the rescue mission to be carried out with minimal disruptions.” 

The massive fire that ensued from the gas blast which was burning near a block of flats caused damage to autos, shops and housing. 

It is also said that other apartment buildings were affected by the fire. 

The Standard Newspaper reported that many of the injured had suffered inhalation injuries, and 25 children are among them. 

An injured victim, Boniface Sifuna, described his experience saying, “I got burnt by an exploding gas container as I was trying to escape. 

“It exploded right in front of me, and the impact knocked me down and the flames engulfed me. I am lucky that I was strong enough to get away.” 

Another eyewitness said that there were “huge explosions, huge fireballs, people screaming and running everywhere for fear of more explosions”. 

After the explosion, everyone abandoned their homes. On social media, the Kenya Red Cross stated that volunteers had been “tirelessly battling the flames.” And was able to subdue it leaving so many properties destroyed and lives lost. 

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