Four-storey building collapses in Nairobi’s Zimmerman estate

Wednesday March 9 2016

The four-storey building in Nairobi’s Zimmerman

The four-storey building in Nairobi’s Zimmerman estate when it was condemned in 2014 (left). It collapsed on Wednesday March 9, 2016 (right) at 2am. No one was injured as it was unoccupied. PHOTOS | AGGREY MUTAMBO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By AGGREY MUTAMBO
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A four-storey building whose construction was questioned two years ago has collapsed in Nairobi’s Zimmerman estate.

The residential building near the Deliverance Church came down at around 2am on Wednesday, but no one was injured in the incident.

But it could have been worse had it collapsed during the day.

At daytime, women selling vegetables and other food stuffs often parade their goods in stalls just in front of the faulty house.

On Wednesday morning, the stalls were flattened as debris from the collapsing building came down.

The building had in 2014 been marked as improper for habitation after construction safety officials from the Nairobi County government and National Construction Authority (NCA) found it had no pillars and its floors were weak.

At the time though, there were occupants living as high up as the third floor while it also housed a fast food kiosk, a butchery, a small grocery store and a general household kiosk.

All the occupants promptly moved from the house but the building remained standing till Wednesday morning when it came down.

Several other houses in the estate marked by NCA as unfit for habitation are still occupied.