Sarit Centre Reopened After Fire, Safety Assured

Drinks, cookies and biscuits were served at Sarit Centre’s reopening on Thursday following a fire that destroyed some sections.

Uniformed women welcomes Nairobians to the mall as part of the show of hospitality by management.

“This is to welcome our customers back and make them feel safe shopping here,” one said.

A banner read: “We are working tirelessly to restore this area and give you a complete shopping experience as soon as possible. We sincerely thank you for your prayers, support and good wishes.”

About 10 stores were not open – Bata, Twiga Car Hire and Tours, Copy X’press, Shah Chemists, Africolour Labs, Mocca, Truworths, Kenya Power, SWS Aculaser Weight Loss Institute and Beauty Quest.

Carrefour supermarket took over the ground floor space once occupied by cash-strapped Uchumi supermarket. An AAR clinic, a Multi Choice store, coffee shops and furniture showrooms are also in the building.

The May 4 fire resulted from a faulty photocopying machine at the Copy Cat store on the ground floor.

Witnesses said attendants attempted to put it off using a hand-held fire extinguisher but that this ignited the flames.

Mitchel Rikta, a tenant at the mall in Westlands, said Copy Cat managers took swift action but that the situation got out of control. An alarm was sounded and tenants and shoppers evacuated from the building.

The extent of the loss was not established immediately but damages ran into hundreds of millions.

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