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Fire destroys business premises in Kericho town 

A view of what remained after a fierce fire gutted down business premises at Nyagacho area in the outskirts of Kericho town that occurred yesterday at 1.30am with business owners busy collecting what remained of their businesses following the inferno. Photo by Sarah Njagi




A trader Philip Rotich who operated a bar christened ‘Kowet bar for the last 10 years at Nyagacho area trying to access the number of his chairs destroyed during the inferno. Photo by Sarah Njagi

A trader Philip Rotich who operated a bar christened ‘Kowet bar for the last 10 years at Nyagacho area trying to access the number of his chairs destroyed during the inferno. Photo by Sarah Njagi

Traders in Nyagacho area in the outskirts of Kericho town are counting losses after a fierce fire on Sunday gutted their business premises, destroying property worth millions of shillings.

Acting Kericho County police commander Justus Kitetu told KNA by phone Sunday that the fire started at around 1.30am.
Kitetu said police have launched investigations into the cause of the fire, adding that over 40 traders did not salvage anything from their business premises because they reside far away from the premises.
He said no casualties were reported during the fire that destroyed the semi-permanent business structures mainly made of timber and mabati, with a few having bricks walls.
“The fire was put out by the Finlay’s Tea Estate fire brigade with the help of members of the public from the area,” added Kitetu.
Speaking to KNA at the scene, a distraught business trader, Geoffrey Simituk who operated a barber shop for the last five years in the area said he lost everything in the inferno.
He regretted that he had invested over Shs100, 000 into the business that catered for his family needs and all of which went up in flames.
Another trader Philip Rotich whose pub christened ‘Kokwet bar’ was razed to the ground said he had employed three workers to assist him run his Shs600, 000 investment that he had operated in the area for the last 10 years.

By Sarah Njagi

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