Property of unknown value was lost yester night when a fierce fire consumed several business premises outside the Machakos town bus stage.
However, no one was injured during the fire that brought business at the busy stage to a standstill.
The raging fire that started a few minutes after the shops had been closed continued unabated for several hours.
The County government fire engine arrived a few minutes later but did not have sufficient water to put out the inferno.
It took the effort of a water tank from the Mulleys supermarkets to put it out as it supplied water to the engine to enable it control the raging tongues of fire which were rapidly threatening to spread to a nearby petrol station, sending panic among hundreds of onlookers and security personnel.
Police had also a difficult time controlling the surging crowds from looting from the adjacent premises or getting injured during the melee.
Machakos County Commissioner Iddi Galgallo who was among the first to arrive at the scene assured the residents that police had commenced investigations into the cause of the fire.
He thanked them for participating fully in putting out the fire.
Owners of the affected premises which included a Bata shoe shop, an agrovet, several salon units and an electronic shop were left counting losses.
Source: Kenya News Agency