Nairobi Fire Department on Sunday, March 5, confirmed that the Airtel building along Mombasa Road was not on fire.
Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke an official confirmed that the cloud of smoke was from a dumping site adjacent to the Parkside Towers, the building which hosts Airtel Kenya headquarters.
He explained that the garbage at the dumpsite had been set on fire. However, a team from the fire brigade had been deployed to contain the fire.
"The fire emanated from a dumping site adjacent to the building. There were concerns about the fire spreading to the adjacent buildings but a team of firefighters is already on site," he intimated.
He further assured that no cases of injury nor death had so far been reported at the scene, adding that there was no cause for alarm.
However, he did not explain the nature of the material burning amid concerns about the dark smoke billowing from the area.
An employee working at the building adjacent to Parkside Towers gave a corroborating account; that the fire was from an open-air space and disclosed that the fire had already been put out.
Reports of the fire swirled after motorists plying the Mombasa Road shared images of dark-grey clouds of smoke emanating from the area near Parkside Towers.
The building which hosts the telco is located on the outbound side of Mombasa Road, a few metres after the Likoni Road-Southern Bypass interchange.
Onlookers around the building milled outside the towers to get a glimpse of what was happening. However, access to the area was restricted by security guards working with police officers.
Experts advise witnesses to maintain a safe distance from fire incidences as they risk sustaining burn injuries from flames or burning debris.
In addition, they expose themselves to harmful fumes emitted from the burning fire, especially in cases of gas explosions.
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