The Toi Market fire incident

Several families were forced to spend the night in the cold after another fire razed houses at Vuma area in Makina, Kibra Tuesday evening.

Residents managed to put out the fire before it spread farther. The cause of the fire is yet to be established although residents suspect an electric fault.

"Moto imechoma nyumba huku tena lakini imezimwa (fire has burnt houses here again but it has been put out,' a resident told the Star.

The incident happened a short distance from Toi Market where another fire reduced business structures to ashes on Saturday.

The development comes amid an ongoing DCI probe following Saturday's dawn inferno that flattened the busy Toi Market.

Traders who lost property in the incident continue to count losses even as they brave the obstacle and start rebuilding their stalls.

Detectives were at the scene on Monday to collect samples to help them establish the cause of the fierce fire which some residents suspected was an act of arson.

"We don’t want to see this market burning again. We hope the ongoing investigations will put this matter to rest,’’ Toi Market chairman Kenneth Jumba said.

Saturday's incident was not the first time the market fire reduced stalls to ashes as another inferno in 2019 left traders counting losses.

Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi visited the market on Tuesday and urged the county government of Nairobi to act and avert a similar occurrence in future.

"Those criminals roaming around burning markets here (Toy), Gikomba and others will not be allowed to continue. Those are terrorists and we must make sure that we stop them from destroying people’s property,” he said.

The MP, who donated over 500 iron sheets to help affected traders reconstruct their structures, also asked the government to consider compensating traders whenever their property is lost like in the case of Toy Market.