Nakumatt supermarket destroyed Fire destroyed Nakumatt downtown, a supermarket located along Nairobi's Kenyatta Avenue. Fire destroyed Nakumatt supermarket located on Nairobi's Kenyatta Avenue on Wednesday. Smoke engulfed Nairobi's Kimathi Street and Kenyatta Avenue on Wednesday as fire razed Nakumatt Downtown supermarket. Fire-fighters battle with the fire that razed Nairobi's Nakumatt supermarket located along Kenyatta Avenue. Fire destroyed Nakumatt supermarket located on Nairobi's Kenyatta Avenue on Wednesday. by CHURCHILL OTIENO Wednesday, January 28 2009 at 17:50 In Summary A huge fire has consumed a popular supermarket at the centre of Nairobi resulting in loses worth millions of shillings, dozens of workers injured and the evacuation of several office blocks. The fire at Nakumatt Downtown at the corner of Kimathi Street and Kenyatta Avenue gutted the entire building and occasioned a major emergency operation involving several security agencies. The facts so far: Massive fire guts Woolworths Building which houses Nakumatt Downtown. The building next door, known as Alibhai Shariff, is also destroyed. Ambulances rush dozens of the injured to various hospitals. A combined force called in to fight the fire, including: Nairobi City Council Fire Brigade, Kenya Airports Authority fire fighters, G4S Fire Brigade, Kenya Air Force, Securex Fire and Kenya Police among others. The fire started at around 3.45pm (GMT +3) and is still being battled five hours later. Earlier a power transformer had blown. Its now night and the scene of the fire is now ringed by a contingent of the General Service Unit (GSU) as firefighters continue battling it. Gas cylinders on sale at the supermarket and chemicals at a hardware shop in neighbouring Alibhai Shariff Building are thought to have fuelled the inferno. Neighbouring buildings evacuated, including Stanbic Bank, Nation Centre, Nanak Building among others. Repeated blasts heard inside the building on fire. Police on horseback forced to use teargas to push back curious onlookers. Most roads at the city centre are blocked. Several Government officials are at the scene, including Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi, Internal Security minister George Saitoti, Nairobi Metropolitan minister Mutula Kilonzo and Police Commissioner Hussein Ali. Traffic jams resulting from the chaos at the centre of the city has affected road users in the outskirts such as Industrial Area, Upper Hill, Thika Road and sections of Westlands.