Kenya supermarket fire death toll rises to 24

The death toll from a blaze that destroyed a Kenyan supermarket has risen to 24, the Red Cross said.

Kenya supermarket fire death toll rises to 24

The death toll from a blaze that destroyed a Kenyan supermarket has risen to 24, the Red Cross said on Saturday.

Rescuers found three more charred bodies during another day of painstaking recovery operations at the smouldering ruins of the downtown Nairobi store belonging to Nakumatt, Kenya's leading supermarket chain.

 "They removed one body, and those of a mother and a baby," said Titus Mung'ou, spokesman for the Kenya Red Cross.

Twenty-three bodies have now been found in the gutted building, and another man died from injuries after leaping from an upper floor to escape the flames during Wednesday's fire.

Recovery operations have been slowed by the risk of structural collapse, officials said, as distraught relatives of missing people held vigil in tents set up nearby.

The cause of the fire is still unknown. Some witnesses and relatives have said victims were caught behind locked doors, but Nakumatt managers have denied that and said their building complied with fire regulations.

Reuters

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