The Garissa county assembly chambers burning down photo

The Garissa county assembly chambers and nearby offices of the MCAs were razed down by a fire whose cause could not is unknown on Thursday Morning.

The 8.20 am inferno began at the county assembly chambers instantly spread to nearby offices.

It took the Garissa Fire Brigade who are about five kilometres away 45 minutes to reach the scene and, the fire had spread heavily.

Efforts to put off fire using fire extinguishers declared fruitless as the chambers floors carpeted and, the ceiling made of painted wood.

Residents also pushed out of the compound vehicles next to building to avoid being burnt.

Mohamed Abdi, a watchman at a nearby shop, said he saw black smoke rising from the building and out of curiosity ran into the compound to establish the cause.

“On arriving, I found a security officer manning the compound frantically trying to put off the fire. I joined them but, we were overwhelmed by the smoke that was choking,” Abdi said.

Joseph Wambua, a bodaboda rider lamented that it took the fire brigade 45 minutes to arrive at the scene.

“This is not the first time the fire brigade have failed us. What is even embarrassing is that the tanks run out of water barely minutes after they arrive. They need to put their house in order,” Wambua said.

County Assembly Clerk Mohamed Santur explained the loss so far as "huge".

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