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Scores injured in explosion at a gas filling station

Several people are feared dead and a dozen others injured after an explosion happened in a gas filling station in Embakasi.

The incident happened past midnight of Thursday. Eye witnesses said that immediately after the explosion, a tremor shook the area, which left area residents scamper for safety.

Government spokesman Isaac Mwaura confirmed the late night incident.

The government spokesman further confirmed that the explosion occured at a gas filling Company near Kabansora in Embakasi, Nairobi, minutes to Friday midnight.

He also confirmed scores have been injured.
“The company was refilling gas cylinders when the fire broke out and several people were injured and rushed to hospital,” Mwaura said.

“The building hosting the company is badly damaged. The cause of the fire remains unknown.”

Mwaura advised members of the public to avoid the area as rescue operations are underway.

A multi-agency team comprising the Nairobi County fire brigade, and National Police Service, Kenya Red Cross and E-Plus Ambulances Kenya are leading the efforts to contain the fire.

Kenya Red Cross in an update on its Twitter handle said 100 households have been evicted.

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