Scene of the fire (Photo: AP)
According to Emergency Service St John Ambulance, the fire started at around 02h30 and spread through Gikomba market and nearby apartments and shanties before being contained about 90 minutes later.
Rescue teams searched for more bodies and survivors in Gikomba market in the Pumwani low-income neighbourhood in Kenya’s capital.
Young children were among the victims, President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a statement, and many of the injured were in critical condition.
Those injured in the fire were rushed to hospitals in various different parts of the city although the death toll could still rise.
The cause of the fire was not immediately announced but “for now we have declared this site a crime scene,” Nairobi County Commissioner Kangethe Thuku said./.Compiled by BTA
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