Massive Fire in Nairobi Forces Emergency Evacuations

Thousands of people have streamed out of their offices in downtown Nairobi as a massive fire engulfed a supermarket, sending plumes of black smoke into the sky.

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Police Commissioner Mohamed Hussein Ali said Wednesday that authorities were investigating the cause of the fire and whether there were any casualties.

The smoke forced some nearby buildings to evacuate their workers. Police used whips to beat back crowds trying to get a closer look at the blaze.