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[Published: Friday January 30 2009]

Thirty-nine missing, 1 dead from Nairobi blaze

 

Nairobi, 30 Jan-(ANA)-Thirty-nine people are missing and one is confirmed dead after a fire destroyed a supermarket in Nairobi two days ago, the Kenya Red Cross said today.

 

"One man died from injuries when he jumped from the second floor of the building," Red Cross spokesman Titus Mung'ou told Reuters. "Another 39 people are unaccounted for."

 

Local media said many of the missing were feared dead after fire engulfed a large downtown store of Nakumatt, the east African nation's leading supermarket chain, on Wednesday.

 

Various people leapt from the store and smoke engulfed central Nairobi for hours as firefighters fought the blaze, witnesses said. Some spoke of people trapped and screaming behind locked doors, though that could not be confirmed.(ANA)

FA/ANA/30 January 2009---

 


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